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Published May 23, 2013, 10:35 AM

ND officials still hopeful base can get tankers

North Dakota's governor and congressional delegation say they will continue to push for a new air refueling tanker mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's governor and congressional delegation say they will continue to push for a new air refueling tanker mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

The Air Force on Wednesday chose McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas as the main operating site for the new KC-46A tanker. The military will base 36 of the new aircraft at McConnell starting in 2016.

The Kansas base beat out three others for the planes, including Grand Forks and bases in Oklahoma and Washington.

The Grand Forks base once had a tanker mission, but now it supports unmanned aircraft. North Dakota officials say the base could still get the new tankers as more of them are based in future years.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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