US Air Force accepts first Pegasus tanker aircraft

The United States Air Force has accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, Boeing said on January 10.

“With the signing of what’s known as the DD250 paperwork, the delivery activities can proceed. McConnell Air Force Base will receive the first four KC-46 aircraft, all of which are ready for delivery, with four subsequent aircraft destined for Oklahoma’s Altus Air Force Base, beginning as early as next month,” Boeing  said.

According to Boeing, during extensive flight testing, six KC-46 completed more than 3,800 flight hours and offloaded more than four million pounds of fuel to A-10, B-52, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, KC-46, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft.

Boeing is contracted to deliver 52 tankers for US Air Force. The US Air Force is expected to acquire a total of 179 tankers.

“Beyond the first aircraft that was accepted today, nine aircraft are undergoing customer acceptance testing with the remaining aircraft of the contracted amount in production,” Boeing said.