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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 628-97
November 19, 1997

KC-10S TO SUPPORT B-52S TO DIEGO GARCIA

Five additional Air Force tanker aircraft will deploy to Diego Garcia along with the four tankers announced Tuesday.

All nine aircraft now deploying to Diego Garcia are KC-10 Extenders from the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif. They will fly in support of the six B-52s deploying to Diego Garcia from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La., which were announced Tuesday.

Upon further review of the operational requirements for the B-52s and the distances involved, it was determined that these additional tanker assets were required.

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