Successful maiden flight for first Boeing – U. S. Air Force KC-46 tanker slated for delivery!
Arriving in 2018! With a successful maiden flight, USAF’s first KC-46 moves closer to delivery. KC-46A tanker will be certified to refuel 64 US and allied receivers. During the 3. 5 hour flight , Boeing test pilots took the tanker to a maximum altitude of 39,000 feet and performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved flight profile. Prior to subsequent flights, the team will conduct a post-flight inspection and calibrate instrumentation.
The newest tanker is the KC-46 program’s seventh aircraft to fly to date. The previous six are being used for testing and certification and to date have completed 2,200 flight hours and more than 1,600 “contacts” during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft.#KC46