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Tinker AFB readies for KC-46 maintenance

15th February 2019 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Construction is underway on the 158-acre, 14-dock maintenance campus at Tinker Air Force Base as part of work to prepare for maintenance of the incoming KC-46 aircraft, the US Air Force announced on 7 February.

The expansion of the taxiway and other infrastructure on the campus is 95% complete. A single-bay hangar is expected to be complete in May, and a further two-bay hangar will be ready in December.

The first aircraft is expected to arrive at Tinker for maintenance in June 2020. The multi-mission KC-46 aircraft will be used as an aerial refuelling and airlift aircraft.

Tony Marino, maintenance activation planning team lead with the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex business office, said: ‘We’re working to make sure this aircraft is fully supportable, so we have developmental packages that we’re going through with the tech data to make sure we have all the parts, all the support equipment, going through our hiring plan. We have checked all our boxes to make sure we are fully trained to make sure we are ready to go for the first jet to get here.’

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