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Environmental Assessment for the Construction of a Three-Bay Multi-Aircraft Hangar Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma

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Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality CEQ Regulations 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Parts 1500-1508 for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. and 32 CFR 989 Air Force Environmental impact Analysis Process, Tinker Air Force Base AFB has conducted an Environmental Assessment EA of the potential effects associated with the construction of a three-bay multi-aircraft hangar. Currently, the workload and repairs for the KC-135, E-3, B-1, and B-52 aircraft require the use of 15 docks, which are presently located. in three separate facilities and are inadequate in size to fully accommodate the these aircraft and to co-locate the production resources for the KC-135, E-3, B-1, B-52 and the next generation tanker aircraft. In Building 3001, the existing maintenance area has nine KC-135 aircraft docks that share only two hangar doors allowing for movement of only one aircraft in and out of the maintenance area at a time if the aircraft in the southernmost dock requires movement of all aircraft before it must be moved. The door and structure heights of these docks are also insufficient for the tail of the KC-135 to enter the dock, requiring additional time and cost to modify the aircraft so that it can be moved into the docks. The aircraft controls, especially the vertical stabilizers, have to be installed and rigged outside in the wind and weather. Finally, the docks arc too small for production resources that are required to be co-located. This results in movement and storage of parts at remote locations, setting up multiple docks to do segments of production work, and moving aircraft from dock to dock. At present, two fuel docks accommodate the PDM of the KC-135, E-3, B-1 and B-52 aircraft worked each year.

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  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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