A stable foundation: Pegasus hangar receives final beam

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  • By Shaun Eagan
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs

Units at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst took another step forward in preparing for the KC-46A Pegasus after the final steel beam of a new hangar was set into place Nov. 25.

The completion of the framework marks a significant milestone for the project that will support operational readiness for the Air Force’s newest tanker.

“This is an exciting milestone for us as we continue to prepare for the KC-46A Pegasus,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Wiederholt, 305th Air Mobility Wing commander. “There are various training and infrastructure requirements needed for our maintainers, aircrew and Airmen as we enter a new era of refueling. This significant moment puts us one step closer to supporting Rapid Global Mobility through the new airframe.”

The project started in December 2018 and is expected to complete in July 2021. The hangar will feature two bays, a wheel and tire shop, support office spaces and a tool room.

“The construction of new infrastructure and the upcoming arrival of the KC-46 is great news for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the surrounding community,” said Lt. Col. Robert Bittner, 305th AMW KC-46A Project Integration Office chief.

In January 2017, JB MDL was selected to receive the KC-46A as the Air Force aimed to recapitalize an aging tanker fleet. The new aircraft is expected to have significant refueling capacity, enhanced air refueling capabilities, improved efficiency and increased aeromedical evacuation capabilities.

JB MDL has both ongoing and planned military construction projects to accommodate the KC-46A, which includes a regional maintenance facility, simulator and maintenance facility upgrades and parking ramp upgrades, according to the PIO.   

"We are proud of the hardworking men and women at this base whose efforts are preparing the base for the KC-46A,” Bittner said. “Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst plays a critical role in our country’s national defense, and today we are excited to see that mission expand even further in preparation for the Air Force’s newest tanker.”

The 305th and 514th Air Mobility Wings will operate and maintain the KC-46A.