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Politicians urge Spokane for new tankers

Wed., Dec. 14, 2011, 3:09 p.m.

Washington politicians have launched a campaign to bring the Air Force’s next generation of aerial refueling tankers to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane.

The state’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Chris Gregoire, has sent a letter to the Air Force secretary describing the base’s strengths.

They say Fairchild has long been a base for aerial tankers, and that Spokane provides an exceptional quality of life for airmen.

The new KC-46A is intended to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of KC-135s that have been flying for more than 50 years.

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