Tanker contract cancelled

My first assignment was Fairchild AFB, home of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and KC-135 stratotankers. I had the opportunity to fly with the crews there a dozen or so times and witness the amazing abilities to “pass gas” at thousands of feet above the globe and at hundreds of miles per hour. DOD announced yesterday that the aerial refueling tanker program, an effort to replace the aging KC-135 fleet, would hold off until the next Presidential administration. The Air Force said: “The Air Force supports Secretary Gates‘ decision to withdraw the RFP and give an incoming administration a clean start. We look forward to working with OSD to obtain a tanker for the warfighter.”

Posted by Capt. David Faggard, Air Force Public Affairs