Historic Agreement Between Oklahoma City/Tinker AFB to Create Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Investment, Potential for More PartnershipPublished: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
TINKER TO ACQUIRE LAND FOR KC-46A PEGASUS MAINTENANCE
Tinker Air Force Base officials announced today the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the west side of the base to stand up a depot maintenance facility for the Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus.
The land purchase was made possible through a joint effort of the U.S. Air Force ($8 million), the City of Oklahoma City ($23.5 million) and Oklahoma County ($12.5 million). The land was formerly owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. (BNSF), where it operated a rail yard that primarily served the former General Motors manufacturing facility.
Prior to selecting the 158-acre property as the location for its KC-46A depot operations, the Air Force evaluated a number of potential sites both on and near Tinker AFB. After extensive review, the service determined that this property would be the best value for the taxpayer and would also increase the base’s security by incorporating land between disconnected portions of the base, connecting all of the base’s property.