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Here’s what’s at stake as Air Force considers Fairchild to host new KC-46 tanker

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 19, 2021

Much has changed since the first KC-135s arrived at Fairchild in 1958, but the 65-year-old aircraft remains the backbone of the Air Force's aerial refueling operations. Today, Fairchild is the largest tanker base under the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, home to a fleet of 63 KC-135s shared by the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings, the latter a unit of the Washington Air National Guard.