U.S. Air Force will receive first KC-46 in October
- June 23, 2018
Boeing will deliver the first KC-46 aerial refueling tankers to US Air Force in October.
“As a result of months of collaboration, the Air Force and Boeing KC-46A teams have reached an agreed joint program schedule to get to the first 18 aircraft deliveries. This includes the expectation the first KC-46A aircraft acceptance and delivery will occur in October 2018, with the remaining 17 aircraft delivered by April 2019,” Air Force Under Secretary Matt Donovan said in a statement.
“While the KC-46A flight test program is nearly complete, significant work remains. The Air Force is looking forward to KC-46A first delivery and will continue to work with Boeing on opportunities to expedite the program.”
The long-awaited tanker replaces the KC-135 air refueling tankers that dominate McConnell’s two air refueling wings, the 22 and 931st Air Refueling Wings.
McConnell was designated as the first base to receive the tankers. The base, in southeast Wichita, has about 3,000 airmen and employs about 500 civilians. Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire also will receive tankers in the first round.
The aircraft is set to begin its flight tests from Edwards Air Force Base in California, US.