McConnell Air Force Base

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A contractor strike at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita is entering its sixth week.

Seventeen machinists union members who work for FlightSafety Services Corporation walked off the job in mid-February. The workers rejected FlightSafety’s contract offer because the agreement did not include a government designation that determines wages. Last week, union members rejected a "return-to-work" agreement.

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The workers who do training for refueling crews at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita are on strike.

Seventeen members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union walked off the job Tuesday morning, and plan to picket outside McConnell 12 hours a day.

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After several delays, McConnell Air Force Base received not one but two new KC-46 tankers on Friday.

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Air Force officials announced Thursday that KC-46 Pegasus air refueling tankers will arrive at McConnell Air Force Base within three weeks.

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McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita has been preparing for its next generation of air refueling tankers for more than four years.

Military and Boeing leaders have not yet announced a new delivery date for the KC-46 Pegasus tankers. Plans for a December arrival fell through.

In the meantime, Air Force crews continue to train for missions aboard the larger and more complex Boeing-built air refueling planes.

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McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita was supposed to receive new air refueling tankers by the end of 2018, but that did not happen.

Boeing is building the KC-46 Pegasus tankers and was planning for the delivery until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned abruptly two weeks ago.

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McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita is developing the standards for training and processes for the new KC-46 air refueling tanker program.


After nearly three years of testing, Boeing’s KC-46 tanker program has completed its final Federal Aviation Administration certification, the company said in a news release Wednesday.


The certification was one of the last major hurdles standing between the KC-46 and its delivery to McConnell Air Force Base.


The first tanker is expected to be delivered to McConnell next month.

McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita is preparing to open the gates to the public this weekend for its first air show in six years.

Nearly 70 planes will pack the runway and ramp end to end for the Frontiers in Flight Air Show and Open House. Dozens of exhibits and STEM educational activities will be in nearby hangars.

Air show director Major Pete Merrill says just about every military aircraft in the Department of Defense will be on display along with planes from Wichita manufacturers.

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Wichita State University and McConnell Air Force Base announced a partnership Thursday that will allow military personnel to work toward a bachelor’s degree while on base.

The program began Monday with the start of the fall semester. Military personnel can work toward any of seven degrees, including in business, engineering technology/cybersecurity, psychology and sociology.

Military members and veterans are underrepresented on college campuses, and the partnership is an attempt to address the issue.