Two more tankers for Pease

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  • By Staff Sgt. Charles Johnston
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing

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.