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MacDill AFB titled preferred location for next KC-46A Pegasus base

The US Department of the Air Force selected MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, for the preferred location to host the next active-duty KC-46A Pegasus unit on December 21

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China to enhance aerial refuelling capabilities with new Y-20U tanker

We examine China's new Xi'an Y-20U tanker aircraft, which stretched its legs for the first time during a probe of Taiwan's ADIZ in late 2021, and details how the new platform will boost the PLAAF's air-to-air refueling capabilities

Boeing delivers first KC-46A tanker to Japan

Boeing has delivered the first KC-46A tanker to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force following a 2017 Foreign Military Sales contract award for an initial aircraft, subsequently increased on options to four airframes

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RNLAF's final KDC-10 tanker leaves the Netherlands

The Royal Netherlands Air Force sole remaining McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 tanker - serial T-235 - departed Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands for the US on October 25, as it heads to its new civil-based owner on the other side of the Atlantic

MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

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100th ARW conducts ACE operations during Exercise High Life

The 100th Air Refueling Wing stationed at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, provided critical mission support during Exercise High Life, an Agile Combat Employment deployment to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, from September 13-16

US completes first Turkish KC-135R upgrade

A Turkish Air Force-operated Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker has recently been returned to Turkey after completion of a Block 45 upgrade

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Japanese KC-46A completes first refuelling sortie

The initial Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully refuelled another aircraft in-flight for the first time during a test sortie over Washington state on July 20

USAF approves second KC-46A ICR milestone

The USAF’s Air Mobility Command approved another Interim Capability Release mission set for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker on August 5, marking the second such milestone to occur in less than a month

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KC-46A’s centreline drogue system approved for operational use

Headquarters Air Mobility Command announced on July 12 that the USAF’s Boeing KC-46A Pegasus Centerline Drogue System mission set has been approved for operational use