Among five, the Dover Air Force Base has been selected to receive a full fleet of KC-46A Pegasus planes. These are a new generation of aerial tankers to provide mid-air fueling to military planes. They will also phase out the Air Force’s previous tanker fleets.
Note that this means that the Dover base will be getting up to 36 new tankers by the year 2020. It was selected by a site survey by Air Mobility Command. However, the AMC still has to visit the finalized five locations to analyze them “against operational requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure and manpower,” as per the news release by Air Force.
In addition, the results of these studies and their cost estimates of each base will be provided to the top senior Air Force officials. These officials will then announce their decision by the end of 2016.
Other bases include Travis Air Force Base in California, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. Note that there are around 70 Air Force bases in the United States.
In a statement by U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Delaware, he said, “among the most qualified and prepared in the U.S. military.” He added that if chosen they will serve the new fleet.
He added, “I am proud of the work they do every day for our state and nation. I’m confident that, if selected, they will bring that same determination to the critical mission of retooling and improving U.S. global response preparedness,” Carney said.