Boeing Delivering New Tanker Model to Air Force, Replacing Old KC 135’s

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WICHITA, Ks. — Boeing is helping out the Air Force with the creation of a new fuel tanker.

“New tanker model that’s coming from Boeing gonna be delivered to the Air Force that’s gonna replace the old KC 135’s, a lot of which were built in the ’50s and ’60s,” Representative Ron Estes said.

The KC 46 was developed from a $44 billion program and was designed like the Boeing 767 Airliner.

 It can carry passengers, cargo and patients. The aircraft can detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats using multiple layers of protection, which will enable it to operate safely in medium-threat environments.

The plane will call McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita its new home.

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