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KC-46 gets fuel on-load certification

6th April 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing’s KC-46 tanker programme has completed its required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) fuel on-load testing, the company announced on 4 April.

The certification was achieved following a successful refuelling flight between two KC-46 tankers.

Both aircraft took off and landed at Boeing Field, south of Seattle. During the three-hour, forty-eight minute flight, a KC-46 successfully transferred 146,000lbs of fuel to the second KC-46, while achieving the maximum fuel off-load rate of 1,200 gallons per minute.

For the aircraft’s FAA STC test, it has demonstrated the ability to safely and effectively receive fuel from three other tankers – KC-46, KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft. As part of this series of tests, KC-46 tankers took on 540,600lbs of fuel and completed 68 contacts with refuelling aircraft.

Boeing and the US Air Force are currently working to complete the overall STC testing, which includes the military systems that are installed on the commercial 767-2C to make it a tanker.

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