ALTUS, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has named Altus Air Force Base in southwestern Oklahoma as one of four finalists to become the formal training unit for the KC-46A aircraft.
Other finalists announced Wednesday for the training mission are Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington; Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota; and McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.
The step is the first of three phases in which the KC-46A is to replace more than 400 KC-135 and 59 KC-10 aircraft that - among other things - have the capability to refuel other aircraft in flight. The Altus base provides training on the KC-135 aircraft as part of its mission.
The Air Force plans to announce its preferred and alternative sites for the KC-46A during the spring.