The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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January 10, 2013

Altus AFB a candidate for KC-46A training unit

ALTUS, Okla. — The U.S. Air Force has named Altus Air Force Base in southwestern Oklahoma as one of four finalists to become the formal training unit for the KC-46A aircraft.

Other finalists announced Wednesday for the training mission are Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington; Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota; and McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.

The step is the first of three phases in which the KC-46A is to replace more than 400 KC-135 and 59 KC-10 aircraft that — among other things — have the capability to refuel other aircraft in flight. The Altus base provides training on the KC-135 aircraft as part of its mission.

The Air Force plans to announce its preferred and alternative sites for the KC-46A during the spring.

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Online: Altus Air Force Base

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