Palmdale, Calif., officials are trying to buy a B-52 bomber that now sits on Oklahoma state fairgrounds for the city’s airpark, reports the LA Daily News. The airplane will serve as a tribute to that area’s contributions to aerospace. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the city wants the aircraft because B-52 modifications and flight tests were conducted at Plant 42 at nearby Edwards AFB, Calif. The city is looking to sign a $248,000 contract with a company to disassemble, transport and reassemble the airplane.
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.