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Maintenance of KC-46A Tanker At TAFB Expected to Boost State’s Economy
It’s easy to understand why OKC and Oklahoma County chipped in millions of dollars in 2015 to help the U.S. Air Force acquire land needed to maintain the newest aerial refueling tanker.
An economic impact report generated to justify spending $48 million to buy a 158-acre parcel for the DC-46A maintenance campus estimates the project will have an economic impact of nearly $1 billion during the first decade it operates.
It is predicted the complex will add about 1,350 new jobs to Tinker Air Force Base’s workforce. Those jobs will have an average annual salary of $62,000 and create an annual payroll of more than $82 million, once fully operational.
For now, the main task at hand is to get the maintenance campus built and the first group of 18 tankers delivered to the Air Force next year.
Boeing continues to put the aircraft through mandated tests as it works towards meeting its deadline. The Air Force has committed to buying 179 of the planes, so far.