Effort to bring tankers to Spokane



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s entire congressional delegation has signed a letter asking the Air Force to select Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base as the home for new air tankers.

The Spokane base is already home to aging KC-135 air tankers.

The letter was spearheaded by Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. They want the new KC-46A tankers to be built by Boeing to be based in Spokane.

They say Fairchild is well-positioned for the nation’s military needs, and is a popular posting within the Air Force.