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Air tankers moving to Fargo

Fargo's Air National Guard base will become the temporary home to four KC-135 Stratotankers in late April. The Grand Forks Air Force Base is relocating its fleet of about 50 mid-air refueling tankers to begin a $27.5 million runway construction p...

Fargo's Air National Guard base will become the temporary home to four KC-135 Stratotankers in late April.

The Grand Forks Air Force Base is relocating its fleet of about 50 mid-air refueling tankers to begin a $27.5 million runway construction project, base spokesman Capt. Michael Meridith said.

About 20 of the KC-135s will be stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash., during the Grand Forks base's runway construction, Meridith said.

The Grand Forks base's remaining KC-135 aircraft will undergo maintenance or be deployed to other locations, he said.

The base's main runway will be completely closed May 1.

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The construction project is expected to be completed and the KC-135 aircraft returned by Nov. 1, he said.

The four KC-135 planes stationed in Fargo will be used mainly to transport military personnel, Meridith said.

About 22 of the Grand Forks base's personnel will work at the Fargo Air National Guard base, providing maintenance support for the tankers, Fargo Air National Guard spokesman Dave Somdahl said.

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