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Boeing expected to block IAI’s bid to convert 767 into aerial tankers
IAI has secured deals to sell its 767 tanker to Brazil and Colombia and is a threat to Boeing as it is able to offer a tanker to Israel at a much lower price Sources told The Globes that Boeing will not grant permission to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert the 767 into an aerial refueling tanker for the...
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...
USAF to receive first KC-46A Pegasus tanker in October
All 18 KC-46A aircraft will be handed over to the USAF by April next year Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Matthew Donovan says Boeing will start delivering the KC-46A aerial tanker to his service this October. According Reuters all 18 aircraft will be handed over to the user by April next year. Donovan added that “while the KC-46A...
USAF says laser weapon integration on KC-135 is “still in the infancy stage”
“The next phase: Does that make sense, does it make sense to put a pod on there, or do you want to go complete and do a system integration of a laser itself?,” Tom Lockhart, director of U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office Tom Lockhart, the director of U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Strategic Development...
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...
USAF KC-135 tanker lands safely after having experienced auto pilot warning error over UK airspace
The KC-135 tanker was a transient aircraft from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey A U.S. Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker air-to-air refueller has declared an emergency over UK airspace. The tanker crew squawked the emergency #7700 code after having departed from RAF Mildenhall. According to the Flight Emergency monitoring service, the Boeing jet was at 11,000 feet and heading out...
This would be the first time that an Indian Air Force transport aircraft lands on a road runway The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning its third road runway exercise on a stretch of Agra-Lucknow Expressway this October. Unlikely the past two exercises, this time the service will attempt to land its transport aircraft on the expressway. According to the Hindustan...
The RAF pilot reported the near-miss to flight controllers immediately after it happened on Jan. 5 this year, around ten miles off the coast of north Norfolk A Royal Air Force (RAF) Voyager tanker aircraft and two U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-15 fighter jets nearly collided over the North Sea after a flight controller was distracted by a phone call,...
The KC-46A is the first phase of a 3-phase effort to replace the USAF aging tanker fleet On Jan. 27, 2017 the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has awarded a $2.1 billion contract to Boeing for the third Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot of KC-46A Pegasus tankers. As explained by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs in the article AF buys...

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