The Pegasus

The KC-46A Pegasus is a widebody, multirole tanker that can refuel all U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures. Boeing designed the KC-46 to carry passengers, cargo and patients. The aircraft can detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats using multiple layers of protection, which will enable it to operate safely in medium-threat environments.

KC-46A Pegasus Milestones

KC-46A Technical Specifications

Width156 ft 1 in (47.5 m)Length165 ft 6 in (50.4 m)
Height52 ft 10 in (16.1 m)EnginesTwo Pratt & Whitney PW 4062 with 65,000 lbf (289.13 kN) thrust
Maximum Takeoff Weight415,000 lbs (188,241 kg)Maximum Landing Weight310,000 lbs (140,614 kg)
Fuel Capacity212,299 lbs (96,265 kg)Maximum Air Speed.86 Mach (650 mph)

Feature Stories

The Mighty Pegasus' Maiden Voyage

The Mighty Pegasus' Maiden Voyage

September 28, 2015 in Defense, Commercial

Boeing and U.S. Air Force Tanker team members celebrated the inaugural flight for the KC-46A Pegasus where pilots concluded several successful system tests.

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KC-46 Tanker Test Aircraft Completes First Flight

February 17, 2015 in Defense, Commercial

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated an important and much anticipated milestone Dec. 28 when the KC-46 Tanker program's first test aircraft took to the skies at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

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Boeing Employees Saluted for KC-46A Assembly Milestones

Boeing Employees Saluted for KC-46A Assembly Milestones

February 19, 2014 in Defense, Space

The first of four KC-46 test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force is in the final stages of production at Boeing's Everett, Wash., 767 factory.

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Tanker Production Takes Off

Tanker Production Takes Off

July 29, 2013 in Defense, Commercial

Pride was in the air in Everett, Wash., where Boeing's new aerial refueling KC-46A Tanker officially began production, with the loading of the first wing spar.

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KC-46A Pegasus Customer

The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the tanker contract in 2011. Boeing will build 179 KC-46 tankers for the Air Force by 2027.

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    KC-46A Pegasus Quick Facts

    The KC-46A Pegasus has:

    • Worldwide operations in all airspace
    • 15-inch (38.1 centimeter) 787-style advanced electronic displays
    • Redundant displays and controls for improved instruction and reliability
    • 24-inch (61 centimeter) displays with 3-D refueling picture
    • Comprehensive suite of logistics products and services
    • Global support infrastructure
    • Unparalled lifecycle cost savings