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The future is now: First of 12 additional KC-135s lands at Fairchild

The future is now: First of 12 additional KC-135s lands at Fairchild

U.S. Air Force 92nd Maintenance Group Airmen prepare a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, for aircrew to disembark, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 16, 2019. Team Fairchild received the first of 12 additional KC-135s to join the base fleet; the remaining aircraft are scheduled to arrive by the end of February 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kiaundra Miller)

The future is now: First of 12 additional KC-135s lands at Fairchild

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, flies above a parked U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, on Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 16, 2019. This KC-135 is the first of 12 additional tankers that will be arriving and stationed at Fairchild, expanding their fleet of aircraft to 59 KC-135s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kiaundra Miller)

The future is now: First of 12 additional KC-135s lands at Fairchild

U.S. Air Force commanders from the 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, and Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, descend air stairs disembarking from a KC-135 Stratotanker on Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 16, 2019. Team Fairchild received the first additional KC-135 out of the 12 coming from Seymour-Johnson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kiaundra Miller)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --

Team Fairchild received the first of 12 additional KC-135 Stratotankers from the 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Oct. 16, here.

 

Fairchild is already the largest air refueling wing in the world, and the additional KC-135s will increase base aeromedical evacuation, airlift, and air refueling mission capabilities to deliver strength and hope around the globe.

 

“We’ve been talking about increasing our KC-135 [numbers] for a couple years now; we’ve always talked about it in the future tense. The future is now and we’re excited to be receiving our first aircraft.” said Col. Gene Jacobus, 92nd ARW vice commander. “As the largest KC-135 wing in the Air Force, we are the center of excellence for air refueling, the backbone of our global reach capability.”

 

Fairchild was selected by U.S. Air Force officials as the new home for these KC-135s because of its strategic location, high air refueling mission demand and lower construction and renovation costs.

 

“Having additional aircraft will enhance our mission in ways that we haven’t had in a long time; more aircraft means more opportunities to help the warfighter, to ensure that air refueling is being done in a more significant way, and enhance our ability to train aircrews,” said Col. Russell Davis, 92nd Operations Group commander. “Having more aircraft available to fly means we’ll have a more proficient Air Force.”

 

Team Fairchild Airmen are prepared for anything at any moment; adding additional KC-135’s emphasizes our existing capabilities and improves our mission readiness allowing us to compete, deter, and win against adversaries