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Boeing is reporting key milestones in its production of the KC-46 refueling tanker that’ll be coming to Wichita later this year.

The company says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently certified that the fundamental design of the tanker is safe and that all systems are operating as intended.

It’s one of two FAA airworthiness certifications required for the KC-46 program.

The tanker is now in the flight-testing phase.

McConnell Air Force Base expects the first tanker to arrive in late spring.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita will host an air show next year for the first time in six years.

The show will be called “Frontiers in Flight” and will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, a precision flying demonstration squadron.

The show will pay homage to Wichita aviation’s past and future.

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McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita showed off its new hangars on Monday where the next generation of air refueling tankers will be kept.

City, state and federal leaders, including U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the base to mark the end of the three-year project.

Three hangars were built to house the Boeing-built KC-46 Pegasus tankers. A dozen other projects including a flight simulator and a fuselage trainer were completed to prepare for the arrival of the tankers.

A new $17.5 million training facility at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita is included in a 2018 budget proposal working its way through Congress.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas authored an appropriations bill that supports housing, infrastructure and facilities for U.S. military forces.

One of the projects is to build a combat arms training facility at McConnell Air Force Base.

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.

McConnell Chosen As Home For New Tankers

May 22, 2013

Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base has been selected to be the main operating base for the Air Force's new KC-46A air refueling tanker.

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing the Air Force decision. The aircraft will replace the aging KC-135 fleet flown by crews for the past 50 years.

Brownback to hold press conference on a new state mental health initiative; McConnell Air Force Base finalist for tanker contract; South-central delegation to hold annual meeting.

Brownback To Unveil Kansas Mental Health Initiative 

Gov. Sam Brownback will announce a new mental health initiative Thursday, before the start of the 2013 legislative session.