Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst receives first KC-46 tanker aircraft next month

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will receive its first KC-46 tanker aircraft next month during a delivery ceremony at the military base in southern New Jersey. News of the delivery was highlighted in contract documents released Tuesday requesting audio visual services to film the ceremony scheduled for Nov. 9.

“The contractor will provide audio-visual support for the first KC-46 aircraft delivery ceremony, scheduled for Nov 9, 2021,” military officials said in contract documents. “The requested support includes video capture of aircraft arrival as well as the ceremony within the hangar.”

The new state-of-the-art KC-46 air-refueling jets being built by Boeing will become the new workhorse for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Wing. 

“The contractor will need capability to provide ceremony functions, including, but not limited to microphones for distinguished visitors and leadership speeches, video, as well as live broadcast to a screen inside hangar, simultaneously broadcast live audio radio calls between air control tower to aircraft to speakers inside ceremony location, livestream to 87th Air Base Wing Public Affairs social media, and video capability to play prerecorded videos,” according to contract documents.

The KC-46 is known for its advanced refueling capabilities, including the ability to refuel two aircraft simultaneously and capacity to get refueled in flight itself, according to military officials, as well as carry cargo passengers and be used for air medical evacuations.

The new tanker jets are intended to replace the Air Force’s entire fleet of its 1980s era KC-10 tankers and a large portion of its even older KC-135s, which date back to the 1950s.

The KC-46 1st Arrival Ceremony will take place on Nov. 9. A pre-event practice will occur on Nov. 8.

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