US Air Force (USAF) has announced it has taken delivery of the first Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, in preparation for the aircraft´s delivery to McConnell Air Force Base, USAF said.
Boeing said the KC-46A is a proven, safe, multi-mission aircraft that will transform aerial refueling and mobility operations for decades to come.
During extensive flight testing, six KC-46 completed more than 3,800 flight hours and offloaded more than four million pounds of fuel to A-10, B-52, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, KC-46, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft. The Pegasus has been rigorously tested throughout all aspects of the refueling envelope and in all conditions, including day, night and covert.
McConnell Air Force Base will receive the first four KC-46 aircraft, all of which are ready for delivery, with four subsequent aircraft destined for Oklahoma´s Altus Air Force Base, beginning as early as next month.
Boeing is on contract for 52 of an expected 179 tankers for the Air Force. Beyond the first aircraft that was accepted today, nine aircraft are undergoing customer acceptance testing with the remaining aircraft of the contracted amount in production.