The Governor of Montana doesn’t think it likely that the Air Force will reopen the runway at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., one of the options floated recently by the state’s Congressional delegation. Instead, Gov. Brian Schweitzer met this week with the Air Force’s top loggie, William Anderson, to discuss the potential for installing a coal-to-liquids plant at Malmstrom as part of USAF’s switch to synthetic fuel. Actually, the idea started with Anderson, who contacted Schweitzer after hearing him talk at a coal-to-liquids conference. The Great Falls Tribune reports that Schweitzer believes such an effort would produce a thousand jobs at Malmstrom.
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.