Tag: KC-46

USAF Awards Boeing $55 Million Contract to fix Too Stiff KC-46 Refueling Boom
The Government Accountability Office said in a June report that it could take years to fix the tanker's refueling boom, which has been described as "too stiff" for lighter aircraft to receive fuel. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has awarded Boeing a new $55 million contract to fix the KC-46 Pegasus refueling boom. As reported by...
USAF stops KC-46A acceptance again due to debris found inside aircraft
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) again stopped accepting new KC-46A Pegasus tankers from Boeing after more debris was found hidden in closed compartments. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) again stopped accepting new KC-46A Pegasus tankers from Boeing after more debris was found hidden in closed compartments, the service said on Apr. 2, 2019.
Airbus, Lockheed Martin team up and offer A330 MRTT to U.S. government
“The U.S. Air Force deserves the best aerial-refueling technology and performance available under the sun and this great industry team, Lockheed Martin and Airbus, will offer exactly that,” Tom Enders, Airbus CEO Lockheed Martin and Airbus announced recently that the two companies have signed a memorandum of agreement to “explore opportunities” to meet...
KC-46A Pegasus completes receiver certification testing for F-15E
The receiver certification involving the F-15 is in preparation for the start of KC-46A Pegasus Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) work next year The interesting photo in this post shows a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft connecting with an F-15E Strike Eagle test aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, last...
Boeing's KC-46A program completes receiver certification testing for B-52, F/A-18
Trials to refuel the F-15 will soon commence Boeing’s KC-46A aerial refueling tanker has been cleared to refuel the B-52 bomber and F/A-18. Trials to refuel the F-15 will soon commence. While the additional receiver certifications aren’t needed for the company to make its first delivery of the tanker to the U.S. Air Force (USAF), a Boeing spokesperson says they are in...
Boeing cleared to deliver first KC-46A to USAF
But Boeing can't confirm an exact delivery date for the KC-46 A new date has been set for the delivery of the first Boeing KC-46A aerial refueling tanker to the U.S. Air Force (USAF). As reported by The Whichita Eagle, the jet is expected to arrived at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) on Nov. 16. The USAF is soliciting for a...
USAF to receive first KC-46A Pegasus tanker in October
USAF Secretary Heather Wilson says the late certification by the Federal Aviation Administration was the direct cause for KC-46 latest delay Bloomberg has revealed that the delivery of the first KC-46 refueling tanker by Boeing to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) on Oct. 27 will not be happening. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says the late certification by the Federal Aviation...
USAF orders 18 more KC-46A Pegasus tankers
This brings the total number of KC-46A aircraft ordered so far to 52 Boeing has secured another contract to deliver 18 KC-46A aerial tankers to the U.S. Air Force (USAF). This brings the total number of aircraft ordered so far to 52. Boeing received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 aircraft, in August 2016. The third lot, for...
Boeing cleared to deliver first KC-46A to USAF
The KC-46A completed tests required for first aircraft delivery planned in late October: the tanker is now cleared to refuel the F-16 and C-17 while receiving fuel from the KC-135 Boeing is now cleared to deliver the first KC-46A to the U.S. Air Force following the completion of the final flight tests required on Jul. 6. The aerial tanker is now...
First KC-46 TO KC-46 refueling completed
The milestone flight helps pave the way for KC-46 next phases of certification and specification compliance testing The KC-46 aerial tanker program has achieved another milestone with the two tankers refueling each other during a four-hour flight. Boeing said in its press release that the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute was attained during the testing and a...