Get real, Air Force.

I was going to just add this to my previous post, but given our history of protecting Great Bay from stupidity, it strikes me that the proposal to locate flying gas tanks at Pease deserves its own write-up. After all, if we wanted to have a fuel storage and distribution facility on the edge of Great Bay, we would have welcomed the Onasis Refinery with open arms.

Since the National Guard bases won’t be getting any planes for at least five years, the Air Force solicitation of support from New Hampshire’s legislative delegation is suspect.

• “This is welcome news for Pease and the 157th Air Refueling Wing, which provides the best tanker support in the Air National Guard,” said Sens Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

At this point I should probably admit to a personal bias. I do not want flying gas tanks over my house in Durham and, since runways are aligned according to wind patterns, I don’t expect the runways to be moved, although they may well need to be hardened to accommodate the weight of planes full of fuel. If I remember correctly, Boeing won out over Airbus because the latter’s tankers were going to be too heavy for the runways in Iraq, where we no longer have bases, anyway.

If towns, other than Durham, have been solicited for endorsements, they should just say “no.”

2 Responses to Get real, Air Force.

  1. MartyInNashua January 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Nothing new here. The 157th Air Refueling Wing that now flies KC-135 tankers and will fly the new tanker has been based there for a very long time. Many years ago Pease was a B-52 base.

    • hannah January 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      True. Some of us were looking for a reduction in traffic.

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