A Boeing-US Air Force test team recently refueled a KC-46A tanker from another KC-46A tanker for the first time.
During the four-hour flight, the two aircraft successfully refueled each other and achieved the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute. The program’s first and second tankers transferred a total of 38,100 pounds of fuel over the course of the flight. Both aircraft took off and landed at Boeing Field, south of Seattle, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The milestone flight helps pave the way for the next phases of certification and specification compliance testing.
The KC-46 will refuel US, allied and coalition military aircraft using both its boom and hose and drogue systems. The boom allows the tanker to transfer up to 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute, while the plane’s hose and drogue systems, located on both the plane’s wing and centerline, enables the KC-46 to refuel smaller aircraft with up to 400 gallons of fuel per minute.
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Boeings KC-46 tanker program has completed all required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) flight tests following a successful refueling/communications flight with a C-17 Globemaster III. The STC encompasses the military systems installed on the 767-2C aircraft to make it a tanker, and is one of two required FAA airworthiness certifications
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Boeings KC-46 tanker program an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) for its core 767-2C aircraft configuration, verifying that the fundamental design of the KC-46 tanker is safe and reliable. The 767-2C is a modified version of the companys commercial 767 with revised structure, wiring and plumbing
The first Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S
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