Grand Forks Passed Over for New Tanker Mission - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Grand Forks Passed Over for New Tanker Mission

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Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base has been selected to be the main operating base for the Air Force's new KC-46A air refueling tanker.

Grand Forks Air Force Base had been among the finalist for the new mission. 

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing the Air Force decision.

The aircraft will replace the aging KC-135 fleet flown by crews for the past 50 years.

According to the delegation, the Air Force will base 36 of the new aircraft at McConnell starting in 2016.

It also will be investing $192 million in upgrades to the base.

Valley News Live spoke will officials in Senator Heidi Heitkamp's office Wednesday morning, they said they will be releasing a joint statement with Senator John Hoeven shortly.

Stay tuned to Valley News Live and valleynewslive.com for more updates on this developing story.


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