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Two 157th Air Refueling Wing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers juxtaposed on the tarmac at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Jan. 12. The aircraft arrived on Jan. 10. The delivery brings Pease’s inventory to four jets; eight more are slated for delivery before the end of the year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis Lenz)

Two 157th Air Refueling Wing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers juxtaposed on the tarmac at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Jan. 12. The aircraft arrived on Jan. 10. The delivery brings Pease’s inventory to four jets; eight more are slated for delivery before the end of the year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis Lenz)

Two 157th Air Refueling Wing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers juxtaposed on the tarmac at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Jan. 12. The aircraft arrived on Jan. 10. The delivery brings Pease’s inventory to four jets; eight more are slated for delivery before the end of the year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis Lenz)

Two 157th Air Refueling Wing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers juxtaposed on the tarmac at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Jan. 12. The aircraft arrived on Jan. 10. The delivery brings Pease’s inventory to four jets; eight more are slated for delivery before the end of the year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. --

Two KC-46A Pegasus tankers, the Air Force’s new air refueling platform, were delivered to New Hampshire’s 157th Air Refueling Wing, Jan. 10.

The delivery brings Pease’s inventory to four jets; eight more are slated for delivery before the end of the year.

The Pegasus modernizes the Air Force’s refueling capabilities and will replace the wing’s aging KC-135 Stratotankers, the last of which was divested from Pease in 2019. In addition to refueling other aircraft in mid-air, the new planes can transport troops and equipment, and can be configured as a flying ambulance.

Lt. Col. Paulo Morales, the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron commander, said he was pleased with the next-generation Pegasus due to its enhanced capabilities and cutting-edge technology.

“It’s great to get into the 21st century,” Morales said.

Pease aircrews are training on the new platform and routinely flying two-ship formation flights. During these flights, the crews familiarize themselves with the Pegasus and practice refueling.

Lt. Col. Nelson Perron, a pilot with the 157th, lauded the aircraft’s modern avionics, updated climate control capabilities and its much quieter ride.

“It’s an unbelievable weapons system,” said Perron. “It’s a dream to fly.”

Pease was the first Air National Guard Base to receive the KC-46A.

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