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First test flight for KC-46 Tanker a success

29th December 2014 - 11:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker programme has reached a significant milestone, with the first test flight conducted from Paine Field, Washington, on 28 December.

The three hour and 32 minute flight was conducted by Boeing and the US Air Force, and declared a success by Boeing. The aircraft will receive its military systems following certification.

Boeing was awarded a contract in 2011 to design and develop the US Air Force's next-generation tanker aircraft. Boeing is building four test aircraft – two 767-2Cs and two KC-46A Tankers. The 767-2Cs will enter flight test as commercial freighters prior to receiving their aerial refuelling systems, while the KC-46s will fly as fully equipped tankers through the FAA and military certification process.

The contract will see Boeing deliver the first 18 of 179 KC-46 aircraft to the US Air Force by 2017.

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