KC-46 refuels Harrier II
US Air Force’s (USAF) Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker has successfully refuelled a US Marine Corps (USMC) AV-8B Harrier II in flight, it was announced on 14 March. The KC-46's hose and drogue system was used for the refuelling.
The refuelling missions are part of the Milestone C demonstration for the KC-46 tanker programme that will lead to a decision on low-rate initial production later in 2016.
The KC-46 Pegasus is intended to replace the USAF’s ageing tanker fleet. It will provide aerial refuelling support to the USMC, USAF, US Navy and allied nation coalition aircraft.
The KC-46 can refuel aircraft using both its hose and drogue and boom systems. The boom system enables the tanker to transfer up to 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute, while the hose and drogue systems allows refuelling of smaller aircraft such as the Harrier Jump Jet with up to 400 gallons of fuel per minute.
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