Stories tagged: KC-135
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.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
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.
Sun., May 1, 2016
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.
Tue., April 26, 2016, 6:26 p.m.
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 …
Sun., May 4, 2014
‘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 …
Sat., May 3, 2014, 2:37 p.m.
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 …
Thu., April 24, 2014
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 …
Thu., March 13, 2014, 9:11 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013
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 …
Fri., May 17, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
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.
Sat., May 11, 2013
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 …
Mon., May 6, 2013
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 …
Sun., May 5, 2013, 12:09 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 10, 2013
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 …
Sun., Sept. 9, 2012
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 …
Tue., Aug. 14, 2012
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 …
Fri., March 18, 2011
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 …
Thu., Feb. 24, 2011, 2:31 p.m.
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.
Fri., Aug. 13, 2010
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. …
Fri., July 9, 2010, 8 a.m.
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 …
Wed., March 31, 2010, 2:36 p.m.
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.
Sat., Aug. 22, 2009
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. …
Fri., Aug. 21, 2009, 9:36 p.m.
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.
Fri., May 1, 2009
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 …
Tue., March 24, 2009
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 …
Mon., March 23, 2009
Lawmaker proposes split deal for tanker
WASHINGTON – Despite opposition from the Pentagon, one of the most powerful members of the House Appropriations Committee is considering including a provision in an upcoming supplemental defense bill that …
Thu., Feb. 5, 2009
Dispute could affect Fairchild crews
Ripples from a growing dispute involving the United States, Russia and a Central Asian country could reach the Spokane area. Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic that has been home to …