Posted: 12:05 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013
By Andrew E. Kramer
New York Times
CHALDOVAR, Kyrgyzstan —
KC-135 MANAGED AT WRIGHT-PATTERSON
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Tanker Directorate at Wright-Patterson manages the KC-135 Stratotanker program, according to Daryl Mayer, a base spokesman. The center oversees maintenance and modernization of the refueling tanker, the first of which joined the fleet in 1956 and was last produced in 1965. Air Force officials recently announced a modernization program for the aging plane to extend its service life.
The first four new Boeing KC-46 refueler tankers, which will replace the KC-135, are scheduled to join the fleet in 2018, according to Mayer. That program also is managed at Wright-Patterson.
The Air Mobility Command has a fleet of more than 400 KC-135 jets in the Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve that refuel U.S. military and allied aircraft.
— Barrie Barber, staff writer