Testing on KC-46 tanker speeding up
Tinker AFB-bound refueler close to being OK'd for flight test programPublished: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Aviation Week is reporting that Boeing expects the pace of testing on the Oklahoma-bound KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueler to pick up now that a second tanker-version of the aircraft is close to being okayed for use in the flight test program.
According to Aviation week:
"The aircraft, dubbed EMD 4, is the third of four tanker prototypes to be tested under the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A engineering and manufacturing development contract. The first aircraft, EMD 1, which began the test program with its first flight in December 2014, has so far amassed more than 260 flight hours. The second aircraft, EMD 2, has flown for almost 190 hours since its initial sortie in September 2015. EMD 1 is a 767-2C “provisioned freighter” and will be converted into a full tanker later in the program, while EMD 2 is the first fully configured for tanking. "
The Pegasus, a militarized version of the Boeing 767, is intended to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet and will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base while flight crews for the new plane will train at Altus Air Force Base.