Altus Air Force Base becomes second in the nation to receive aircraft
(KEYB) – The Altus community, as well as many Oklahoma government officials, welcomed the landing of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation refueling tankers at the Altus Air Force Base on Friday.
The Altus Air Force Base received the KC-46A Pegasus Friday, making Altus the second base in the country to receive this unique tanker aircraft.
This new aircraft is said to be more fuel efficient, faster and fly farther than other aircrafts similar to it.
“It is going to increase the situational awareness of the pilots up front give them a lot more automation and just a newer flight deck in general. It is going to give the boom operators in the back more cargo capability air evac capability,” said KC-46A Boom Operator Jonathan Lauterbach.
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Gov. Kevin Stitt and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) gathered to celebrate the new addition to Oklahoma.
“Altus already provides vitally important training on the KC-135 and the C-17, and the addition of the KC-46A will ensure the Air Force can meet its mission to fly, fight and win for years to come,” said Sen. Lankford. “The Base and the community of Altus have been preparing for the KC-46A’s arrival for years, so this is a huge day for the Airmen and women and civilians who serve our nation. This is certainly an exciting day for the entire state of Oklahoma.”
The training for the KC-46A will be done at the Altus Air Force Base. However, maintenance for the aircraft will be done at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
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