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First KC-46A tanker for USAF makes maiden flight

06 December 2017

The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker earmarked for the US Air Force (USAF) made its maiden flight on 5 December, the manufacturer has announced.

The first KC-46A Pegasus tanker destined for the US Air Force makes its maiden flight on 5 December. (Boeing)The first KC-46A Pegasus tanker destined for the US Air Force makes its maiden flight on 5 December. (Boeing)

The first USAF aircraft and the seventh to be built overall departed Paine Field in Washington state for a three-and-a-half hour test flight that saw it climb to 39,000 ft and perform a series of operational checks on the engines, flight controls, and environmental systems as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved flight profile.

Prior to this milestone, the six prototype tankers had flown 2,200 hours that included more than 1,600 refuelling contacts with Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender, and other KC-46 aircraft.



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