Seymour Johnson to house newest Air Force tanker

Published: Sep. 14, 2017 at 8:22 AM EDT
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Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is officially the home of some new refueling tankers.

Air Force officials announced Tuesday that the base was chosen to host the KC-46A Pegasus Aerial Refueling Tanker.

“I am not surprised by Seymour Johnson’s selection,” said 4th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Christopher Sage. “This is a direct reflection of the hard work our active duty and reserve Airman do on a daily basis to achieve our missions here at Team Seymour.”

Officials say the new aircraft will replace the KC-135R and add 53 additional on-base employees.

The new tanker is expected to be delivered by 2020.