Tanker first flight

I want to congratulate the team in Everett after Boeing and the U.S. Air Force made aviation history on Friday when the KC-46A tanker aircraft completed its inaugural flight. It took off from Paine Field and landed four hours later at Boeing Field.

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During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems— and took the tanker to a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet prior to landing.

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The Boeing team will now conduct a post-flight inspection and calibrate instrumentation prior to the next series of flights, during which the tanker boom and WARPs systems will be deployed. Before the end of the year, the KC-46 will begin conducting aerial refueling flights with a number of U.S. Air Force aircraft.

Comments (5)

Dr Dorothy (USA ( home town)):

Congratulations to Boeing and U.S Air Force made aviation history!

Congratulations too to the advancing KC-46A tanker aircraft!

Again, congratulations too to Pentagon, USAF, NASA and etc enter the era of USD Trillions assets besides even advancing, speeding, rich, robust, superpowerful and peace! And Boeing will be the same too joing them soon !

Bill Nation (Kerrville, Texas):

Why no R2D2 paint job?

Chris Ruiz (Monterrey, Mexico):

The airplane looks great, like a Boeing should. What makes it different from its Italian sibling?

John L (Tucson, Arizona):

A win for all stakeholders!

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

the 767 has a good extension on life with the KC-46 Pegasus a long overdue replacement for the KC-135 Stratotanker.

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