Altus Air Force Base Welcomes New KC-46 Plane
ALTUS, Oklahoma - Altus Air Force Base welcomed a gargantuan addition to its mid-air refueling fleet on Friday.
The KC-46's will eventually replace the Air Force's mid-air refueling fleet. The Boeing 767's can haul 212,000 gallons of fuel, and carry another 65,000 pounds of cargo. The aircraft will be maintained at Tinker Air Base in Midwest City and based at Altus.
"It's a great day for Altus Air Force Base. It's a great day for the military. It's a great day for Oklahoma, and I have to say that our stallions are now armed and ready, amen," said Sen. Jim Inhofe.
The KC-46 project will eventually bring 14 aircraft hangars to Tinker Air Base, and create 1,300 new jobs.