First KC-135 tankers land at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

Posted at 4:09 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 16:09:42-05

Wednesday, we're expected to learn more about the new mission at Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station involving KC-135 tankers.

Today, the planes officially landed.

Viewer Rob Bennett snapped these photos, and shared them with us.

In all, eight KC-135 refueling planes are be transferred to the Niagara Falls air base.

The base had an earlier KC-135 tanker mission, but that ended in 2008. Officials say the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is a perfect for this new mission because it already has the infrastructure and workforce needed.

The Air Force is in the process of deploying the new KC-46A tanker, which is why it needs new locations to house the KC-135s. Senator Schumer says housing the KC-135s in the Falls will give them a mission that lasts 20 years as they're slowly upgraded to KC-46As.