Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) say that the Air Force has agreed to transfer a squadron of T-38 training fighters to the Kansas Air National Guard wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. Under BRAC 2005, the 184th Air Refueling Wing must transfer its KC-135 tankers to another Kansas Air Guard unit, the 190th ARW in Topeka. Gaining a new flying mission is a real coup, one that the two lawmakers say they “worked tirelessly” to achieve. There was no indication of exactly what the 184th’s new mission would entail, but the unit has a long history of flying fighters. Roberts and Tiahrt said USAF would transfer the T-38s from Moody AFB, Ga., where they are assigned to Air Education and Training Command’s 479th Flying Training Group, but they did not speculate on a date.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.