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.
The 767-2C’s pilots conducted a three-hour, 32-minute flight before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle. The initial flight kicks off the program’s flight test program and represents a significant step in Boeing’s commitment to deliver KC-46A Pegasus aircraft to the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
"Getting in the air is a really critical step in the life of this program and the development of this important capability for the warfighter,” said Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, USAF program executive officer for Tankers. “The team at Boeing has done a really remarkable job creating an entirely new aircraft that will soon become the backbone of our ability to project power anywhere in the world.”
Boeing will begin delivering production tankers to the Air Force in 2016.