31 May '16, 5am

Boeing and U.S. Air Force Adjust KC-46 Tanker Schedule: KC-46 Pegasus aircraft are now expected to arrive at

Boeing and U.S. Air Force Adjust KC-46 Tanker Schedule: KC-46 Pegasus aircraft are now expected to arrive at

KC-46 Pegasus aircraft are now expected to arrive at their first basing locations by late summer or early fall 2017. The KC-46 was most recently scheduled for a spring 2017 arrival at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the first formal training unit location; and McConnell AFB, Kansas, the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base. But after a schedule risk assessment, Air Force officials determined the fielding timeline needed to be extended. Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, the program executive officer for tankers, said, “Technical challenges with boom design and issues with certification of the centerline drogue system and wing air refueling pods have driven delays to low rate production approval and initial aircraft deliveries. “Throughout KC-46 development, the Air Force remained cautiously optimistic that Boeing would quickly address these issues and meet the origin...

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