Air Force Keeps Paying to Keep KC-135 Tankers Flying

by: Matthew Potter
December 13, 2010

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As the U.S. Air Force and Defense Department works towards awarding the new KC-X aerial tanker contract they still must maintain and operate the existing Cold War era KC-135 aircraft. As the attempt to buy a new aircraft undergoes its third attempt and enters its tenth year the KC-135 and KC-10 fleet supports U.S. combat operations across the globe.

These aircraft require their regular maintenance and modification which means the Air Force has to pay for new parts as well as for the servicing.

Aerospace Products S.E. in a sign that the KC-X won’t be arriving any time in the near future received a multi-year contract to provide hardware and fasteners for the KC-135. The company also works to manage aspects of the parts pool and supply chain for the aircraft. No value for the contract was given.

Boeing (BA) who were the original manufacturer of the KC-135 also recently was awarded a contract to provide technical engineering support for the program. Working at Tinker AFB the location of the Program Manager for the aircraft the contract requires Boeing to provide analysis, modification support and support to the maintenance facility at Tinker as well as support accident

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