Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's tankers away at Grand Forks Air Force Base

The curtain begins to come down on an era next week at the Grand Forks, N.D., Air Force Base when the remaining refueling tankers begin departing.

Having reinvented itself repeatedly since the end of the Cold War, the base will by next year be home only to unmanned aerial drones that will patrol the northern border.

The Air Force announced this week that the 912th Air Refueling Squadron will be deactivated March 20. The last KC-135 tanker will have left the base four days earlier.

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