The KC-46 Pegasus tanker successfully completed the final test before handing it to the US Air Force in October this year.
KC-46 Program Manager – Mr Mike Gibbons said:
“It’s a good blessing for Boeing to complete the test in the best possible way. The KC-46 Pegasus tanker can be handed over to the first batch in October.”
Certificates were issued to Boeing after testing at Boeing’s pilot sites in Seattle and at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Tests were performed to test the speed, altitude and operation of the aircraft to ensure that the KC-46 and other aircraft burned fuel.
The first practical tests were conducted between the KC-46 and the A-10 attack aircraft. Then we continued to experiment with F / A 18, F-15 fighters, B-52 bombers. In the sum up, the program has six aircrafts that have supported various segments of STC and MTC testing including F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, C-17 Globemaster, A-10 Thunderbolt , KC-10 Extender and KC-46 aircraft. Overall they have completed 3,300 flight hours and offloaded two million pounds of fuel during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft.
“Successful tests have enabled us to obtain the Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) of the Federal Aviation Administration as well as the Military Type Certification (MTC) of the US Department of Defense.” Mr Gibbons said
The KC-46 was reversed from the side of the Boeing 767 passenger plane and was made from the Everett plant in Washington state. Boeing contracts to transfer 34 first KC-46 tankers to a total of 179 contracts to the US Air Force.
The KC-46 Pegasus tanker has the ability to transport oil to distant bases, and to refuel other airplanes with the ability to transfer oil to more than 4500 liters per minute. It is also possible to transport passengers, soldiers, freight, ….