Boeing to Produce First KC-46 Without Post-Build Modifications This Month

Boeing will soon produce its first KC-46 that will not require post-build modifications Many of these modifications were related to wiring issues Boeing in May will, for the first time, produce a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker that will not require post-build modifications, according to a company official. KC-46 vice-president and program...
  • Boeing will soon produce its first KC-46 that will not require post-build modifications
  • Many of these modifications were related to wiring issues

Boeing in May will, for the first time, produce a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker that will not require post-build modifications, according to a company official.

KC-46 vice-president and program manager Mike Gibbons told reporters on 3 May here at a company facility that the aircraft, tail number 1149, will proceed to the company’s finishing centre, where the refuelling boom and classified military avionics will be installed prior to checkout.

One of two Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker aircraft in production at a company facility in metropolitan Seattle, Washington. (IHS Markit/Pat Host)
One of two Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker aircraft in production at a company facility in metropolitan Seattle, Washington. (IHS Markit/Pat Host)

Gibbons said Boeing had been modifying aircraft post-production to rectify issues it found during flight test or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, or simply other problems that needed to be fixed.

Source: www.janes.com