Calvert ‘surprised’ March Base off list of possible homes for new aircraft

U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) issued a statement on Wednesday in response to the Air Force’s decision to take California’s March Air Reserve Base out of the running to be the base for the new KC-46 tanker aircraft.

“March Air Reserve Base plays a significant role contributing to our military’s air mobility, including the air refueling mission, and was the only Air Force Reserve base located on the West Coast that was in contention for this round of base selections,” Calvert said. “That is why many people, myself included, were so surprised to learn that March was not chosen as a candidate base.

The KC-46, built by Boeing Co., is a military version of the 767 commercial aircraft. It will replace the oldest of the KC-135 Stratotanker fleet, some of which are more than a half-century old. The KC-46 can refuel any fixed-wing receiver-capable aircraft in air, using a refueling boom and fly-by-wire control system.

“The air refueling mission at March has and will continue to be an integral part of the base’s significant support of our national security,” Calvert said. “I will continue to advocate for March as an ideal location for the future beddown of KC-46s.”