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US Air Force sets official KC-46A delivery date

18 January 2019
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The US Air Force (USAF) will officially accept its first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker on 25 January during a ceremony at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

McConnell Air Force Base is leading integration and operations for the service’s next-generation tankers. Air Mobility Command (AMC) designated total force partners at the 22nd and 931st air refuelling wings with the responsibility of integrating the KC-46A into USAF operations when McConnell was selected as the first main operating base in 2014.

The USAF said it would accept delivery of its first KC-46A tanker from Boeing on 25 January. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)The USAF said it would accept delivery of its first KC-46A tanker from Boeing on 25 January. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)

After first delivery, the USAF is scheduled to receive four additional KC-46As at McConnell, with the first aircraft of this batch being used for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), which is scheduled to begin between March and May. The USAF did not return a request for comment prior to publication.

McConnell Air Force Base began a USD267 million construction and renovation programme in preparation for the arrival of the platform.

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