Boeing has delivered the first KC-46A Pegasus tankerÂ to the U.S. Air ForceÂ after completing extensive flight tests and aÂ DD250Â material inspection and receiving report necessary to proceed with aircraft delivery activities.
The military service contracted Boeing to manufacture an initial 52 KC-46AsÂ and will house the first four units atÂ McConnell AF Base in Wichita, Kan, the company said Thursday.
Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeingâ€™s defense, space and security business, said the company will assistÂ the Air Force and the U.S.Â Navy inÂ operational test and evaluation efforts toÂ further demonstrate the platform’s performanceÂ inÂ refueling, combat and mobilityÂ missions.
DuringÂ tests, the aircraftÂ logged more than 3,800 flight hours and transferred more than 4M pounds of fuel to other planes that includeÂ A-10, B-52, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, KC-46, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18.
Boeing noted the Altus AF Base in Oklahoma will house four subsequent KC-46AsÂ that are scheduled for delivery as early as next month.
The service branch plans to buy as many asÂ 179 tankers from the company.