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McConnell orders aircraft evacuation

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A KC-135 Stratotanker prepares for takeoff April 17, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base Kan. Thirteen aircraft, including three KC-46A Pegasus’, were relocated to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. as a precautionary measure to avoid severe weather. The teamwork and quick actions of McConnell’s Airmen saved the aircraft from any potential damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- McConnell Air Force Base officials ordered the evacuation of 13 aircraft as a precaution due to the possibility of severe weather impacting the Wichita area.

The aircraft were dispersed to Fairchild AFB, Washington. Fairchild AFB is a “safe haven” base, which was chosen for its location, out of danger from the storm, its ability to house displaced McConnell personnel and provide maintenance for McConnell’s aircraft.

McConnell AFB personnel are not being evacuated. All personnel should take the proper precautions to prepare for the threat of inclement weather by safeguarding their residences, stocking important supplies and finding shelter.

Aircraft and personnel impacted by the evacuation will return when it is safe to do so.

For any media queries, please contact the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs office at (316) 759-3141 or 22.pa@us.af.mil.