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Published November 30, 2010, 08:32 PM

A Celebration Recognizing 50 Years Of Tanker Flight

The KC-135 Stratotanker mission is coming to an end at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The last KC-135 stratotanker will leave the base Saturday.

The tanker mission is coming to an end at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

The last KC-135 stratotanker will leave the base Saturday.

A ceremony on Friday will have base leaders, airmen and their families taking a look at the past 50 years of tanker flight.

The Defense Department signed a Record of Decision this fall allowing progress toward an Unmanned Aircraft System mission at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Lieutenants say the end of the KC-135 mission means a lot of behind the scenes work with operations and maintenance of the aircraft.

They say this event is a chance to show the community where the base has been and where it's going.

"It's a nostalgic event because a lot of our members here at Grand Forks Air Force Base have worked on the tanker their entire career, some individuals longer than 15 to 20 years." 2nd Lt. James Williams said.

The last KC-135 leaves the base on Saturday at noon.

The celebration is at the Base on Friday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. WDAZ plans to be there.

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