Spokane wants new air tankers at Fairchild AFB

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Spokane leaders want the new Boeing-built air refueling tankers to first go to Fairchild Air Force Base.

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell joined Greater Spokane Inc. on Monday to kick off a campaign to persuade the Air Force that Fairchild is the logical location for a training facility for the new KC-46A.

Boeing has a $35 billion contract to build 179 of the tankers, which are built on the 767 air frame assembled in Everett.

Murray told The Spokesman-Review (http://is.gd/FYdw5A) the Air Force will decide in March how it will select locations for the new tankers.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com