Boeing has delivered the first two KC-46 Pegasus
aircraft tankers to the U.S. Air Force.
The aircraft were delivered to McConnell Air
Force Base, where the 22nd Air Refueling Wing is the first unit to
have the world’s newest air refueling tankers.
McConnell, in Wichita, Kan., will receive two
more tankers in the weeks ahead. Then Oklahoma’s Altus Air Force
Base will receive four planes to support aircrew training.
The Air Force will soon begin evaluating the
KC-46’s systems in operationally realistic scenarios, which is
required before the aircraft can be used in combat.
USAF will also
continue validating the KC-46’s refueling capabilities, with
aircraft including the B-2 bomber, C-5 cargo plane, and F-35
Prior testing involved the B-52 bomber, C-17 cargo plane,
and F-15E and F/A-18 fighters, among others.