New Hampshire air guard to receive new Air Force tanker

Courtesy: U.S. Ar Force

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Air National Guard is set to become the first guard unit in the country to receive the Air Force's new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus.

Seacoastonline.com reports the 12 aircraft are due to begin arriving in New Hampshire in late summer. The new planes will replace the KC-135 tankers now flown from the Pease Air Guard base.

Col. John Pogorek, the commander of the 157th Air Refueling Wing, says a flaw in the new plane, related to a camera on the fuel boom, will have no effect on the plane's deployment to New Hampshire.

The flaw is expected to be corrected by the plane's manufacturer.

The new planes are expected to begin arriving in August.

The last KC-135 is scheduled to leave New Hampshire next month.

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