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KC-46 completes Phase II certification testing

7th December 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing’s KC-46 tanker programme has completed its planned Phase II receiver certification flight testing following three weeks of flights with F-15E aircraft out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, the company announced on 3 December.

In April 2018, Boeing and the US Air Force started receiver certification testing with F-16 aircraft. Since then testing has been completed with KC-135, C-17, A-10, KC-46, B-52 and F/A-18 aircraft.

During certification flight testing, the KC-46 and receiver aircraft flew at different airspeeds, altitudes and configurations to ensure compatibility and performance throughout the refuelling envelope of each receiver. The air force and the Aerial Refueling Certification Agency will now review all test data before certifying each aircraft.

Phase III receiver certification testing will be conducted by the air force at Edwards Air Force Base in 2019. That testing will include additional receiver aircraft.

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