KC-46 test programme continues
The KC-46 Pegasus programme's first test aircraft has arrived at Edwards Air Force Base where it will undergo Ground Effects and Fuel Onload Fatigue testing, the US Air Force announced on 27 October.
The Ground Effects testing will gather aerodynamic data to update the KC-46 simulator and supporting certification. Fuel Onload Fatigue testing gathers data on how the aircraft interacts with the KC-135 Stratotanker or KC-10 Extender tanker when receiving fuel during flight to extend its own range.
The work is being carried out by maintainers from Fairchild Air Force Base, the 418th Flight Test Squadron, and Boeing. Several other units from both on and off base are supporting the testing.
The Boeing 767-2C (EMD-1) will remain at Edwards for three to four weeks.
The KC-46 will replace the air force's aging tanker fleet. With greater refuelling capacity, enhanced capabilities and improved efficiency for cargo and aeromedical evacuation, the KC-46 will provide aerial refuelling support to the air force, navy, marine corps and allied nation coalition force aircraft.
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