Fairchild Air Force Base

  • Fairchild Air Force Base is located about 10 miles from Spokane in the city of Airway Heights.  FAFB is the largest refueling base in the western U.S. and is home to the Air Force survival school, which trains 16,000 each year.  The base celebrated its 75th anniversary in March 2017.  FAFB is the largest employer in Eastern Washington, with nearly 6,000 active duty Air Force, Air National Guard, and additional military, as well as civilian employees working there.  (Source:  Spokane Washington and the Inland NW magazine, Greater Spokane Incorporated, January 2017)

  • Air Refueling Squadrons at Fairchild.  The 384th Air Refueling Squadron joined Team Fairchild's 92nd and 93rd refueling squadrons, bringing nine KC-46A Pegasus air tankers and 50 personnel from McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. They are now part of Fairchild's 92nd Air Refueling Wing, bringing air tankers with the capability for basket-type refueling as opposed to the standard boom-type refueling.

    KC-46A Pegasus air tankers can refuel other jets from a boom, but also refuel Navy and NATO aircraft from the assemblies at their wingtips.  This gives the air tankers added refueling capabilities.  These aircraft, and this squadron, bring increased capability and capacity to Fairchild Air Force Base.  "Our strategic location in terms of world events makes us vital to national security."  (Lt. Col. Sean R. McClune, commander of the 384th)

    Fairchild will continue as a center of operation for the KC-135 tankers.  Among the 3 refueling squadrons at Fairchild, the base is now home to 44 aircraft.  (Source:  "Team Fairchild's Roster Grows," by Mike Prager, The Spokesman-Review, March 24, 2017; and "Fairchild receives third tanker squadron," Journal of Business, March 2017) 
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