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Testing incident causes more KC-46A delays

18th August 2015 - 14:53 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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Boeing has once again been forced to delay the maiden flight of the first fully-equipped KC-46A aerial refuelling tanker, company officials have confirmed to Shephard.

The next-generation tanker was supposed to take to the sky in August or September, Boeing’s new CEO Dennis Muilenburg said last month.

But that has been pushed back by ‘roughly a month’ after a mishap during fuel system testing.

A Boeing spokesman said the incident involved a non-compliant fuel substitute being added to the aerial refuelling line during preparations for the aircraft’s first flight.

‘The fuel substitute, supplied by a vendor, had been

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Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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