The first serial aircraft tanker KS-46A

As the American corporation Boeing reported, on December 5, 2017 from the Paine-Field airfield, at its Everett (Washington) facility, it made the first flight of the first serial KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft built for the USAF (registration N50217, serial number 41858, Air Force number US 16-46009, serial number VH009). Transfer to the US Air Force is expected in March 2018.
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The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus serial tanker aircraft built for the US Air Force (registration N50217, serial number 41858, US Air Force number 16-46009, serial number VH009) in the first flight. Everett, 12/05/2017 (c) Boeing
This aircraft is nominally the third of the first series ordered by the USAF of 18 production aircraft KS-46A under a contract dated February 2011 (the last two prototypes must be modified in the first two), the start of deliveries of which was repeatedly postponed. Under the terms of the contract, all 18 first airplanes were to be delivered by August 2017, and later, after repeated transfers, for August 2017, the transfer of the first mass-produced aircraft to the USAF was planned.Now Boeing plans to deliver the first 18 production aircraft KS-46A from March to October 2018. To date, the corporation must pay the US government already $ 1.6 billion in fines for delaying contractual terms under the KS-46A program.
The Boeing version of the tanker aircraft (trademark Boeing 767-2C) based on the Boeing 767-200 civil airliner (designated as KC-767 NewGen Tanker) was chosen by the US Air Force in February 2011 based on the results of a scandalous KC program from 2006 -H. The competitor of Boeing in this program was the Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft (trademark KS-30) proposed by the EADS (Airbus) alliance and Northrop Grumman. In February 2008, the US Department of Defense announced the choice of an Airbus aircraft (giving it the designation KS-45A), but under pressure from American industry lobbyists, this decision was revised, and in 2009, the KS-X tender was restarted - with the logical victory of the Boeing proposal .
Structurally, the aircraft KS-46A (Boeing 767-2C) was created on the basis of a commercial cargo modification of the Boeing 767-200LRF (Long Range Freighter), representing a combination of the fuselage of the Boeing 767-200ER, wing and chassis of the Boeing 767-300F and on-board equipment and engines of Boeing 767-400ER. Equipment cockpit Rockwell Collins company borrowed from the Boeing 787.The tanker is equipped with the "sixth generation" digitally controlled refueling equipment.
Under the terms of the KS-X program, the US Air Force intended to purchase 179 KS-46A airplanes (now two experimental and 177 serial), with the delivery of mass-produced airplanes from 2017 to 2028 financial years, to replace the oldest part of the old fleet of refueling aircraft Boeing KC- 135. The cost of the program has steadily increased and for 2014 was estimated at $ 52 billion. The cost of the R & D stage, including the construction and testing of six prototypes, was estimated by the US Air Force in 2014 to reach $ 5.85 billion (instead of the contract $ 4.4 billion). Now the US Air Force contracted 34 aircraft KS-46A of 179 planned. Four more aircraft KS-46A pre-ordered Japan (with plans to supply the first three in 2020).
The flight of the first flight prototype of the Boeing 767-2C (KS-46A) took place in Everett on December 28, 2014. In total, six experimental KS-46A were built (including two aircraft in "full configuration"), which so far have flown over a test program for over 2,200 hours and have produced more than 1,600 refueling contacts in the air.
The first serial aircraft tanker KS-46A Boeing, number, KS46A, serial, aircraft, aircraft, serial, program, N50217, factory, designation, 1646009, 7672C, VH009, registration, 41858, Pegasus, Airbus, built, aircraft depot

The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus serial tanker aircraft built for the US Air Force (registration N50217, serial number 41858, US Air Force number 16-46009, serial number VH009) in the first flight.

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