Deliveries of the US Air Force’s new tanker aircraft, the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, have finally begun. It’s a project that has been plagued by controversy and problems. We analyze what lies ahead for USAF tanker procurement.

SSgt Eric Yates, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, parks the first KC-46A Pegasus (serial 15-46009) as it arrives at McConnell AFB on January 25, 2019. USAF/SSgt David Bernal Del Agua

IN A GALA ceremony complete with music and speeches from corporate executives and senior military officers, Boeing handed over the first two KC-46A Pegasus tankers to the US Air Force and Air Mobility Command on January 24.

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