USA USAF KC 46A 640Pease's Pegasus tanker fleet is complete

On 5 February 2021, the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron, part of the 157th Air Refueling Wing, welcomed its 12th and final Boeing KC-46A Pegasus at Pease Air National Guard Base near Portsmouth (NH).

With KC-46A 16-46020 having arrived at a snow covered Pease, the 133rd ARS/157th ARW is the first USAF unit to have its full contingent of KC-46A tankers and will continue to lead the way for the future of air refueling.

At Pease, the dozen KC-46As were delivered within a year and a half. The delivery of the first Pegasus to New Hampshire ANG's 133rd ARS, named "Live Free or Die" was on 8 August 2019.

The squadron was first constituted during World War II, with bombardment and fighter roles - as the 383rd and 529th, respectively - until being inactivated in January 1946. It was then activated as the 133rd Fighter Squadron with the New Hampshire Air National Guard in May 1946. From 1960 until 1975, the 133rd went through several operational changes: air transport, military airlift, tactical airlift, and finally aerial refueling, which remains its current mission.

USA 133rd ARS 320The following KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft are now on strength with the 133rd ARS/157th ARW at Portsmouth/Pease Intl Tradeport (NH);

16-46013, 16-46015, 16-46018, 16-46019, 16-46020, 17-46029, 17-46034, 18-46047, 18-46050, 18-46051, 18-46053 and 18-46054

Photos: USAF

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