Cheers to that!

You could hear a lot of cheers in our 767 factory in Everett this morning. That’s because the first KC-46A tanker forward fuselage section was loaded into place— two days ahead of schedule.

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The tanker begins to take shape inside our 767 factory. Gail Hanusa photo.

767 employees gathered to mark the occasion, receiving commemorative tanker pins and signing a banner as production began in the forward and aft body structure control codes.

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This 767 team gathers to mark another tanker milestone. Gail Hanusa photo.

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767 employees sign a banner after celebrating a KC-46A achievement. Gail Hanusa photo.

The tanker is scheduled to roll out of the factory in January. First flight for the fully provisioned tanker is scheduled for early 2015, with first delivery set for 2016.

Comments (6)

Gustavo Guzmán (Bogotá, Colombia):

Felicitaciones a todos los ejecutivos, ingenieros y empleados de Boeing que participan en este programa.

Phil (Altus Ok):

Proud to see her coming together. The 46 will make one great tanker. NKAWTG...N!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Alright, I can hundreds that need to be built to replace aging KC-135s. I can see 777-200LRs replacing the KC-10 Extender in the future. Congrats to Boeing and the USAF on the building of the first KC-46 tanker.

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID USA):

From press reporting, I have been anxiously watching the KC-46 progressions, clear through to GOA public documentation, I have been impressed with Boeing's effort in this new RFP format of value driven by winner of the contract. Boeing, who assumes risks and budgetary control of the project. Boeing is dramatically making this format a reality as a preferred way to do business with the US Government when building war birds. This stage signifies prior mileposts are met within the conceptual parameters of the project of the government constant oversight. The F-35 project should take notes.
Boeing has positioned itself firmly integrated as a partner in making the AF war objective become the most effective equipment for the job. The excitement will climb high with this first copy. Congratulations, Boeing people, the country is watching and cheering with you.

Chris Ruiz (Monterrey, Mexico):

Congratulations, I bet it will be a beauty to fly, a reliable machine and best of all a peace keeper in its own right. Kudos Boeing!

BESSIERE (LUSSAN FRANCE):

boeing est le seul constructeur d avion a construire pour des raisons economiques et non des raisons politiques.Voir les deficits astronomiques d

good luck the premium compagny.

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