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Ribbon cutting event showcases new hangar at McGhee Tyson for TN Air National Guard

The 134th Air Refueling Wing hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to unveil a new $31 million aircraft hangar.
Credit: 134th Air Refueling Wing

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A new $31 million hangar is open at McGhee Tyson Airport after the 134th Air Refueling Wing hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

The new hangar is around 57,400 square feet large and started construction in September 2019. Officials said it is large enough to house the unit's KC-135 Stratotanker. It will also be able to house the Air Force's newest in-flight refueling tanker, the KC-46 Pegasus.

The unit has launched operations from that base since 1964 and has helped the U.S. military in conflicts across the world. In 2020, it was named the top tanker unit in the entire Air National Guard. 

"It's brought a great sense of pride to East Tennessee, knowing that the air guard has flown support missions around the world, supporting combat operations," said Congressman Tim Burchett. "I'm incredibly grateful to all the brave men and women who keep it running every day."

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