Fairchild Air Force Base

Fairchild Air Force Base
8:01 am
Sat September 7, 2013

NW Military Band's History Comes to End as Air Force Shifts Focus

The Band of the Northwest had a variety program from 1951-52 on KING-TV.
Photo courtesy of the Washington Air Guard.

A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend.

The military is deactivating the Spokane-based 560th Air Force Band, which made its last public appearance at a wind-swept ferry christening ceremony on the Columbia River last month.

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Fairchild Air Force Base
3:00 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Fairchild loses bid to house new Air Force tanker

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. 

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 46A 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. 

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Boeing & U.S. Air Force
9:43 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Air Force says new air refueling tanker program on track

U.S. Air Force graphic by Corey Parrish Caption: Artist's rendition of a KC-46A tanker refueling a stealth bomber.

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.

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.

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