USAF KC-46A Pegasus flies around the world non-stop

A US Air Force Boeing KC-46A Pegasus has completed the first non-stop westbound flight around the world by the type.

Two complete crews were needed to complete the 45-hour mission against the prevailing Jetstream, which concluded at 13:00 hrs on July 1 when Pegasus 20-46075 of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing (ARW) landed back at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB), Kansas.

The sortie was not a simple ‘dash’ across the globe, but involved multiple, complex link ups to offload fuel to US Air Force assets flying training and combat sorties.

Part of the preparation for the flight was the pre-positioning of some tankers from McConnell  to refuel the Pegasus. The three squadrons of the 22nd ARW fly KC-46As or Boeing KC-135R Stratotankers.

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