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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Airman invents piece for 60-year-old plane to keep its landing-gear doors from breaking

The window behind Tech. Sgt. Shawn Roberge’s computer at Fairchild Air Force Base reveals a shop arranged with metal fabrication machines and tools he uses to tinker with parts for …


With more planes arriving to Fairchild, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck says base’s future remains bright

In a gallery of photos hanging on the wall of a cavernous World War II-era hangar at Fairchild Air Force Base, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck’s picture shows him smiling, between …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 5 p.m.

Nearly $50 million in infrastructure improvements planned as Fairchild prepares to receive more KC-135 tankers

As Fairchild Air Force Base moves into a position of being the largest refueling tanker base in the U.S. military, commanders are facing two years of preparation to get the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Air Force: More KC-135s inbound to Fairchild

The fleet of tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base is about to get bigger as the Air Force has announced plans to transfer 12 more KC-135 tankers to the West …


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Send more tankers to Fairchild, Washington Congress members tell Air Force

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell tell the Air Force it should send reassigned tankers to Fairchild.


Basing decision for next-generation tankers to shift Fairchild’s role

Even though Fairchild wasn’t chosen for the Air Force’s next-generation refueling tankers, officials say the base could end up with more planes and people.


Air Force should keep communities informed

It’s troubling that the Air Force officials would change criteria without being transparent. They know communities make critical decisions aimed at preserving air bases.


Fairchild’s fight for next new Air Force tanker gets tougher

The competition to be the next home to the new air-refueling tanker got significantly stiffer this year and supporters of Fairchild Air Force Base are concerned the rules were changed …


‘We will never forget’: Memorial honors Fairchild airmen

More than 200 airmen and family members gathered Saturday morning at Fairchild Air Force Base’s Memorial Grove Park for the dedication of a memorial honoring the three airmen killed in …


Memorial dedication honors three fallen Fairchild Airmen

More than 200 Airmen and family members gathered at Fairchild Air Force Base’s Memorial Grove Park today for the dedication of a memorial honoring three Airmen killed in a KC-135 …


Air Force confirms new tankers going to McConnell

Anyone holding out hope that the first group of new air-refueling tankers would be located at Fairchild Air Force Base can give it up. Pegasus won’t be landing on the …


Tanker’s tail separated in flight before Kyrgyzstan crash

A KC-135 tanker flown by a Fairchild crew shook apart over Kyrgyzstan last May. The tail section came off and the rest of the plane plummeted through the air until …


Air Force’s Manas operations ending

The Pentagon is preparing to pull out of Kyrgyzstan, the former Soviet bloc nation where Fairchild-based tanker crews have flown thousands of combat refueling missions over Afghanistan since the start …


Memorial for Fairchild airmen set

A memorial for the three Fairchild airmen who died when their KC-135 crashed in Kyrgyzstan will be held Tuesday, May 28 at the INB Performing Arts Center.


Shirts being sold to help benefit victims’ families

When she came up with the idea earlier this week of selling commemorative T-shirts to raise money for the families of Fairchild’s downed tanker crew, Brandy Tiffany thought she’d be …


Public service planned for Fairchild air crash victims

Fairchild Air Force Base officials said Sunday that they are planning a public memorial service for the first Fairchild crew killed in a tanker plane crash since the beginning of …


Fairchild airmen who died in crash Friday identified

Fairchild Air Force Base today identified the three airmen killed Friday when their air refueling tanker crashed in Kyrgyzstan.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2013, 3:01 p.m.

Fairchild crew reportedly aboard crashed tanker

CHALDOVAR, Kyrgyzstan — A U.S. military tanker refueling plane crashed today in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the U.S. operates a military base key to …


Fairchild tanker meeting Tuesday

The Air Force will discuss the possible effects of sending its first new air-refueling tankers to its base on the West Plains at a meeting next Tuesday. A session described …


50 years ago, 44 men died when KC-135 crashed before landing

The KC-135 tanker was on its approach to Fairchild Air Force Base on a foggy September morning 50 years ago when the air traffic control tower lost radar and radio …


Fairchild crew answers call to refuel F-16s

Eight fighter aircraft in need of fuel flanked the wings of the larger plane. One by one, the highly maneuverable F-16 Fighting Falcons, called the Thunderbirds, dropped to position themselves …


43 years after rescue, pilots finally meet

MODESTO – Wayne Hague always wondered whatever happened to the pilot whose crippled plane he refueled and escorted to safety over North Vietnam in 1967. Ron Catton always wondered about …


Boeing to build new tanker

The Boeing Co. was chosen to build the next generation of U.S. Air Force tankers that will replace some of the KC-135s.


Murray meets with aerospace interests

A 10-year tango over the Air Force tanker contract dances on, leaving Spokane aerospace interests to anticipate potential effects. Those aerospace interests gathered Thursday in Spokane to meet with Sen. …


One more round, perhaps, for Boeing and EADS

Boeing submitted its bid today for the Air Force’s $35 billion refueling jet contract as the military tries once again to pick a winner for the troubled program after several …


Pentagon extends Air Force tanker bid deadline

The deadline for bids on a $35 billion contract for refueling jets will be extended by 60 days so the European maker of Airbus can compete, the Pentagon said Wednesday.


Tanker deal closer, general says

The selection of a new plane to replace the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet could be finalized within a year, a four-star general said Friday at Fairchild Air Force Base. …


General says tanker contract should be finalized next year

The selection of new plane to replace the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet could be finalized within a year, a four-star general said Friday at Fairchild Air Force Base.


Air Force drafts plan for tanker

A draft version of the military’s specifications for its next air tanker should be out by the end of May, Air Force officials told a regional delegation Thursday. The Air …


Our View: Split contract would yield lesser-quality tankers

The way it’s looking, the country’s next generation of aerial refueling tankers will be in the pipeline for more than a decade before the first plane goes into service. That …