The Air Force and Boeing (BA) have been working hard on the KC-46A contract since its award. There have been some major developments including Boeing’s decision to move most of the work to Washington with plans to close their Wichita, KS military aircraft facility.
At the same time there is progress being made. Boeing has opened one of five simulation laboratories (SIL). This one is in Washington and will focus on avionics and software development. The use of the SIL will aid in risk reduction and program development.
There has also begun discussions of possible basing sites across the U.S. The first one chosen will be for crew conversion and training but ultimately the 767 based tanker will have several operational bases as well as flying from overseas locations such as Guam.
Bases also will be selected depending on how many aircraft the National Guard will operate. Already states like Vermont, Maine and Kansas are talking about being used.
“Burlington mentioned as basing possibility for new Air Force tanker” — Burlington Free Press
“McConnell awaiting decision on home for Air Force tankers” — The Wichita Eagle
“Military brass, state delegates christen new hangar for MAINEiacs” — Bangor Daily News