Military
1:21 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

McConnell Begins Construction On New Home For Refueling Tankers

McConnell Air Force Base is celebrating the start of construction for its role as the main operating base for KC-46A air refueling tankers.

Several elected officials are scheduled to take part in today’s groundbreaking for the $219 million project at the Wichita installation.

McConnell officials say it will be the first active duty-led main operating base for the new aircraft.

Plans call for a two-bay corrosion control and fuel cell hangar, a three-bay general maintenance hangar, a one-bay general maintenance hangar and an aircraft parking apron.

U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, congressman Mike Pompeo and various military officials are expected to speak at the ceremony.