End of an era at Pease

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End of an era at Pease

#1 Post by ecps92 » 12 Mar 2019 07:17

https://www.unionleader.com/news/end-of ... 71bc0.html

PORTSMOUTH — As the Air National Guard in Portsmouth prepares to receive 12 KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, crew members are saying goodbye to their fleet of KC-135R Stratotankers.
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#2 Post by 14COMM9 » 14 Mar 2019 14:35

Wonder if the Maineiacs will fill in for the 5 months they are aircraftless.
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#3 Post by ecps92 » 25 Mar 2019 08:27

https://www.wmur.com/article/pease-air- ... r/26923174

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. —
It was the end of an era at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth Sunday as members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing said goodbye to its last KC-135 Stratotanker.

Members of the air refueling wing described the airplane as a living legend.

The KC-46 is expected to arrive at Pease in November.
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Re: End of an era at Pease

#4 Post by schwab » 25 Mar 2019 18:32

Callsign was Pack 157 Heavy, and was airborne at exactly 17:57 UTC/1:57PM local ;)
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#5 Post by garys » 25 Mar 2019 19:28

That's interesting. The DOD has put acceptance of the KC 46A on hold. Some of the earlier deliveries had issues with Foreign Object Debris (FOD). Not only scrap material, but tools were found in areas where they could cause damage to flight controls.

I would have thought that the AF would extend the existing planes life span, but they probably had the decommissioning in the works for some time.
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