Boeing’s second KC-46A tanker aircraft completed its first flight Friday.
The aircraft took off from Paine Field and landed later at Boeing Field in Seattle. During the flight, pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems, the company said in a statement Friday.
“Adding a second tanker to the flight test program is very important as we move into the next phase of testing,” said Col. John Newberry, U.S. Air Force KC-46 System program manager. “The team will initially use the aircraft to test mission system avionics and exterior lighting. Later, it will share the air refuelling effort with the first KC-46.”
The Boeing team now will conduct a post-flight inspection and calibrate instrumentation prior to the next series of flights. As part of the overall flight test program, the KC-46 will demonstrate it can refuel 18 different aircraft. The second tanker will help share the test load and receiver certification.
Boeing was awarded a contract in 2011 to design and develop the US Air Force’s next-generation tanker aircraft and is building four test aircraft – two are currently configured as 767-2Cs and two as KC-46A tankers.
EMD-1, a 767-2C test aircraft, has completed more than 260 flight test hours to date since its first flight in December 2014. EMD-2, the program’s first KC-46A tanker, made its maiden flight September 25, 2015 and has now completed more than 180 flight test hours. EMD-3, a 767-2C, will begin flight testing later this year.
China will put its home-grown military cargo jet, Y-20 into service later this year. “The test flight period for the aircraft is generally between three and five years
Boeing has been awarded a $276 million US Navy contract for production of two P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft. “The Boeing Co
The first Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S
Boeing has completed all necessary Milestone C testing to receive customer approval to enter production for the KC-46 tanker. The airborne tanker recently refuelled F-16, A-10 and C-17 aircraft to signal the end of Milestone C testing, a Boeing statement said
Boeing has rolled out an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), Echo Voyager capable of operating autonomously for months at a time. The 51-foot long Echo Voyager runs on a hybrid rechargeable system to run for months autonomously, and can also be launched and recovered without the kind of support ships usually necessary for unmanned, undersea vehicles, or UUVs, Boeing said in a news release Thursday
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