Lawmakers push for Spokane as KC-46 tanker base

Spokane should be the base for the KC-46A tankers that Boeing is building for the Air Force, Washington lawmakers wrote on Wednesday.

Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane “is in an optimal strategic position to maximize support for the KC-46A mission,” the state’s Congressional delegation wrote in a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley.

Boeing is building the Air Force tanker, which is based on the company’s commercial 767 jet, in Everett. Top Air Force officials said last week that the tanker remains their top acquisition priority despite federal budget cuts.

The state’s Congressional delegation has been lobbying to make Spokane the base location for the KC-46A tanker since late 2011. The Air Force selected Boeing’s tanker earlier that year.

Fairchild Air Force Base already is home to the KC-135, which the new tanker will replace. The KC-135s also were built by Boeing and are roughly 50 years old.

Lawmakers say Fairchild already possesses much of the infrastructure and capacity needed to accommodate the KC-46A tanker.

“With the Department of Defense rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific region, Fairchild is the best positioned candidate base to support the spectrum of bilateral and multilateral training exercises, as well as possible contingency operations, in U.S. Pacific Command’s area of responsibility,” the delegation wrote.

More in Herald Business Journal

Boeing outmaneuvered? Airbus takes Bombardier under its wing

The European planemaker has acquired a majority stake in Bombardier’s struggling C Series model.

Nordstrom suspends buyout after struggling to get financing

A buyout was meant to help the company continue turnaround efforts outside the glare of market scrutiny.

More self-awareness could help build a better medical system

Marcy Shimada of Edmonds Family Medicine writes the second in a series about fixing our health care system.

Scratch-and-sniff brochures aimed to prevent disaster

Puget Sound Energy has distributed more than a million scratch-and-sniff brochures to… Continue reading

Jewelry, accessories store Fuego opens second site in Snohomish County

Northwest-based jewelry, accessories and gifts store Fuego opened a new outlet store… Continue reading

Extreme cleaning company Steri-Clean opens in Mukilteo

The first Washington franchise of the Steri-Clean company will celebrate its grand… Continue reading

Justices to hear government’s email dispute with Microsoft

A lower court ruled emails in a drug case couldn’t be searched because they were in Ireland.

Waiting to upgrade to the iPhone 8? You’re not alone.

The older model iPhone 7 is enjoying a new sales bump while the new iPhone 8 isn’t flying off shelves.

Most Read