Fairchild Air Force Base http://kplu.org en NW Military Band's History Comes to End as Air Force Shifts Focus http://kplu.org/post/nw-military-bands-history-comes-end-air-force-shifts-focus <p>A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand&nbsp;Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The military is deactivating the Spokane-based </span>560th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Air Force Band, which made its last public appearance at a wind-swept ferry christening ceremony on the Columbia River last month.</span></p><p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:01:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 9912 at http://kplu.org NW Military Band's History Comes to End as Air Force Shifts Focus Fairchild loses bid to house new Air Force tanker http://kplu.org/post/fairchild-loses-bid-house-new-air-force-tanker <p></p><p>Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base has lost out on a bid to be the first to house the Air Force's newest refueling tanker aircraft.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Spokane and Washington state leaders have spent the last few years touting Fairchild Air Force Base as the leading contender to take the first new Boeing KC </span>46A<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tanker planes, the Pentagon Wednesday decided that McConnell Air Force base in Wichita, Kansas is its choice. McConnell will receive the first batch of 36 planes in 2016.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:00:18 +0000 Steve Jackson & Austin Jenkins 8866 at http://kplu.org Air Force says new air refueling tanker program on track http://kplu.org/post/air-force-says-new-air-refueling-tanker-program-track <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is planning a public memorial service for three of its airmen killed in a mid-air explosion over central Asia.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation, but the crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:43:36 +0000 Tom Banse 8685 at http://kplu.org Air Force says new air refueling tanker program on track