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.


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KC-46: Meeting Tomorrow’s Needs Today

July 14, 2021 in Defense

The KC-46A Pegasus is adding another line to its resume. Beyond aerial refueling and the transportation of passengers, cargo and patients.

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First KC-46 tanker delivered to Seymour Johnson AFB

First KC-46 tanker delivered to Seymour Johnson AFB

June 12, 2020 in Defense

On June 12, Boeing delivered its 34th KC-46 Pegasus tanker to the U.S. Air Force, the first to be stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

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Boeing honors Gold Star family at KC-46 delivery

March 5, 2020 in Defense

Tribute to Air Force staff sergeant who served as tanker boom operator

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Senior Air Force official calls Boeing a 'US icon' Image

Senior Air Force official calls Boeing a 'US icon'

December 9, 2019 in Defense

Boeing-USAF team clears flight-test milestones

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KC-46A Technical Specifications

Width 156 ft 1 in (47.5 m) Length 165 ft 10 in (50.5 m)
Height 52 ft 10 in (16.1 m) Engines Two Pratt & Whitney PW 4062 with
62,000 lbf (289.13 kN) thrust
Maximum Takeoff Weight 415,000 lbs (188,241 kg) Maximum Landing Weight 310,000 lbs (140,614 kg)
Fuel Capacity 212,299 lbs (96,265 kg) Maximum Air Speed .86 Mach (650 mph)
KC46 Key Features and Capabilities

KC-46 Customers

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

In 2017, Japan became the first international customer for the KC-46. Boeing is on contract to build four KC-46s for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and delivery of the first aircraft is slated for 2021.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for two KC-46 tankers in February 2021.

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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
KC-46A Pegasus infograph