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JASDF will fly more refueling missions once KC-46A is inducted

Posted in Air Force, KC-X on October 18th, 2015 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

According to Nikkei, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will increase the number of aerail refueling missions once the Boeing KC-46A is inducted into service in fiscal 2016.

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By Airwolfhound from Hertfordshire, UK (KC-767 – RIAT 2012) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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KC-46A deploys boom and drogues for first time

Posted in Air Force, Industry, KC-X on October 11th, 2015 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

The first fully-configured KC-46A prototype, EMD-2, deployed its drogue refueling baskets from the centerline and wing tips on Oct. 8. This was followed by the deployment of the boom on Oct. 9.

KC-46 Boom Extension
Boeing photos by John D. Parker
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USAF testers cleared for KC-46A

Posted in Air Force, Industry, KC-X on October 8th, 2015 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Capt. Julio Alvarez (left) and Lt. Col. James Quashnock are two of the U.S. Air Force test pilots that are cleared to participate in flight testing of the KC-46A.

KC-46A test pilots
Photo: U.S. Air Force

First flight of KC-46A

Posted in Air Force, Industry, KC-X on September 26th, 2015 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

The first fully-configured KC-46A aerial refueling tanker took off for its first flight at 13:24 PDT on Sept. 25 from Paine Field in Washington.

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Photos: Boeing
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Aviation Week: What went wrong with the KC-46’s fuel system

Posted in Air Force, Industry, KC-X on September 25th, 2015 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Aviation Week scored an exclusive interview with Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, the program executive officer for all U.S. Air Force tanker programs, and he was able to shed some light on the difficulties Boeing encountered while designing the fuel system for the KC-46A.

KC-46A
Photo: Boeing
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