Air Force Reserve Command’s 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, Miss., has dedicated two of its aircraft to cities along the Gulf Coast. A WC-130J Hurricane Hunter now bears the name of the City of Gulfport, acknowledged by Mayor Brent Warr and Brig. Gen. Richard Moss, 403rd Wing commander, during a ceremony Sept. 20. At the same time, the wing displayed a C-130J-30 Hercules, named for the City of Biloxi, witnessed by city official Nathan Sullivan.
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.