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Fairchild Air Force Base makes short list for KC-46A Tanker fleet

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Fairchild Air Force Base is among the five finalists in the running for two-dozen KC-46A Pegasus Tankers. 

County Commissioner Al French says the Air Force  had a list of 11 potential sites for the tankers that included Fairchild, and they have narrowed that list down to five now, with Fairchild still in the running. 

You may remember Fairchild was one of two final choices to be the first home for the new tankers, but lost out to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. 

“If Fairchild is selected it would mean a new mission for the base and secure their future in the region,” French said. 

“Fairchild Air Force Base is integral to Spokane, to Washington state, and to our national security," Sen. Patty Murray said in a statement on Thursday. "And I strongly believe Fairchild is the best choice for the next KC-46A Main Operating Base."

The Air Force is supposed to make a final decision on where the new tankers will go before the end of the year. 

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