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UPDATE: New Refueling Tanker Coming To SJAFB

A new Air Force refueling tanker is coming to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

The Secretary of the Air Force has announced Seymour Johnson will be the first home for the Air Force Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus.  The new KC-46A Pegasus will be assigned to the 916th Air Refueling Wing.  The KC-46A is the first phase of a three-phase effort to replace the U-S Air Force’s aging tanker fleet and it will be capable of refueling any fixed-wing receiver capable aircraft on any mission.

916th ARW Commander Colonel Scovill Currin says this will continue the 916th’s long history of leading the way.

4th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Christopher Sage says this is a direct reflection of the hard work of Team Seymour’s active duty and reserve Airmen.

Senator Tom Tillis of North Carolina says the addition of 12 KC-46A tanker aircraft at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a testament that North Carolina continues to be the tip of the spear for the U.S. military.

All assessments are complete and the KC-46A is slated to replace the 916th ARW’s KC-135R in 2020.

A KC-46A Pegasus refuels a C-17 Globemaster III during a test flight July 12, 2016. (Boeing photo from U.S. Air Force/Paul Weatherman)

3 Comments

  1. Tom Moran says:

    This is a huge blessing to Goldsboro

    Reply
  2. Kialboots says:

    Great news for the town. I am sure Chuck Allen will speak and take all of the credit for landing the deal. It’s a treat to finally landing something big.

    Reply

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