Air Bases Move KC-135s Due To Hail Threat

By: Associated Press/News Release Email
By: Associated Press/News Release Email

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UPDATE Saturday, April 14, 2012

Four KC-135 air refueling aircraft from the Kansas National Guard 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, were flown earlier today to Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., as a precautionary move as the result of the severe weather threat for Northeast Kansas over the next 24 hours. Three other aircraft are being sheltered in hangars to protect them from the potential for large hail in the Shawnee County area.

The remainder of the aircraft from the 190th Air Refueling Wing were deployed prior to the onset of threatening weather. The aircraft being flown to New Mexico are expected to return to Topeka once the threat of severe weather has passed.

“These aircraft are valuable assets not only for the state, but also for our national defense and security,” said Maj. Gen (KS) Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general. “Moving them out of harm’s way is the sensible thing to do right now.”

Saturday, April 14, 2012

McConnell Air Force Base is relocating 16 aerial refueling tankers because a series of storms could pelt the area with hail.

Base spokeswoman, Lt. Jessica Brown, said Saturday that the KC-135 Stratotankers were being moved to Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.

She described the relocation as a precaution, noting the planes would be costly to fix.

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