MacDill plays waiting game on fate of getting new tanker aircraft

TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base may have to wait until the end of the year to find out if it is on the short list to get the U.S. Air Force's new refueling tankers, according to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.

The Democrat from Tampa said in a statement Thursday that the Air Force has postponed a decision on the KC-46A's that was expected in October, but that it had assured her the finalists would be announced before the end of the year.

"The delay presents us with the opportunity to continue to advocate for MacDill and the associated jobs and economic development," Castor said.

She, along with a committee that includes Mayor Bob Buckhorn, has been lobbying the Air Force to become one of two domestic bases to house the tankers.

MacDill plays waiting game on fate of getting new tanker aircraft 09/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:11pm]

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