Military Capabilities

US lawmakers could revisit US Air Force decision for no aerial re-fuelling on new Air Force One

27 September 2017

Key Points

  • The US Air Force decided to leave aerial re-fuelling out of the next-generation Air Force One aircraft
  • US lawmakers could revisit this decision and potentially reverse it

The US Air Force (USAF) has decided to leave the aerial re-fuelling capability out of its next-generation presidential transport aircraft, but lawmakers could change this, according to a key senator.

“I think we might need to revisit that decision here on Capitol Hill,” Senate Armed Services air-land subcommittee Chairman Tom Cotton of Arkansas said on 26 September during the re-nomination hearing for General Joseph Dunford to serve another term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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