Two more tankers for Pease
By Staff Sgt. Charles Johnston, 157th Air Refueling Wing
/ Published January 12, 2020
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.