First of 14 KC-46 hangars now ready for new USAF tanker

Published: Monday, October 21, 2019 By: David McCollum Source: VeloCity

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by officials including Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, was held Friday to celebrate the opening of two of the new KC-46A Pegasus’ maintenance hangars, part of the single-largest construction project to hit Tinker Air Force Base since the 1940s.

The new 156-acre maintenance campus will eventually boast 14 hangars, single-bay and double-bay, with facilities to handle maintenance, repair and modification operations. The campus will also feature a system integration laboratory and new taxiway as well as a substantial area for future expansion.

“Today marks the beginning of the KC-46 era at Tinker Air Force Base and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex,” said Lt Gen. Gene Kirkland, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center. “It’s no accident that our Air Force leadership selected Tinker Air Force Base for the Pegasus Depot Campus given the base’s long track record maintaining the legacy KC-135 refueling aircraft and bolstered by a world-class workforce and unmatched community support.”

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