AF names Florida base as preferred location for upcoming KC-46A Pegasus
The US Air Force has chosen MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Fla., As the prime location to host the upcoming KC-46A Pegasus aircraft in active service. The announcement was made on December 21, 2021.
The decision was made after conducting site surveys that assessed the locations based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, environmental considerations and costs.
Twenty-four KC-46As will replace the active-duty KC-135 Stratotankers at MacDill AFB.
The new tankers will bring many improved capabilities, such as boom and drug refueling on the same exit, global navigations and communications, full-floor loading capacity of the main deck, receiver in-flight refueling, enhanced force protection and multi-point aerial refueling capability.
A final baseline decision will be made after an environmental impact assessment, which is expected to take place in the fall of 2023. Fairchild AFB, Washington, is considered a reasonable alternative and will also be subject to an environmental impact assessment .