GF base might get air refueling tankersGrand Forks Air Force Base is one of four finalists to receive an air refueling tanker mission.
GRAND FORKS (AP) — Grand Forks Air Force Base is one of four finalists to receive an air refueling tanker mission.
The Air Force said it will base its new active-duty KC-46A tanker mission at either the North Dakota base, Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma, Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington or McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.
The Air Force will announce its preferred base in the spring, after doing on-site surveys. Starting in 2016, the base that is chosen will support active-duty KC-46A tankers. Other tankers will be based at an Air National Guard Base somewhere in the country.
They will replace aging KC-135 tankers and KC-10 tankers. The Grand Forks base hosted KC-135 tankers for 50 years before losing the mission at the end of 2010.