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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

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KC-10A Extender: The USAF's 'other' tanker

Now in its 40th year of service, the McDonnell Douglas KC-10A has been continuously deployed since January 1991. Like most DC-10 airliners that preceded it, the Extender has entered its twilight years and will soon become part of the USAF’s past, as we report

2nd ARS conducts final KC-10A sortie

The USAF’s 2nd Air Refueling Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, flew its final McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender sortie on June 30, closing out its operation with the tanker aircraft

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USAF receives 46th KC-46A

The USAF’s 77th Air Refueling Squadron ‘Totin Tigers’ – a component of the 916th Air Refueling Wing – has received its seventh Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, marking the 46th example of the tanker to be delivered to the air arm

USAF seeks new tankers through KC-Y programme

The USAF has formally launched its KC-Y programme, which seeks to source a new commercial derivative tanker aircraft from a qualified, interested manufacturer to supplement its Boeing KC-46A Pegasus fleet from 2029

MQ-25 refuels F/A-18F in historic first

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked a historic milestone on June 4, when the platform conducted the first-ever aerial refuelling operation between an unmanned tanker and a manned receiver aircraft

USAF reveals latest KC-46A base candidates

Candidate locations for the next active-duty and Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) main operating bases to host Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft have been selected by the USAF

First KC-46A tanker for Japan takes flight

The first of four Boeing KC-46A tankers for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force completed its maiden flight from the company’s production facility in Everett, Washington, on February 8

USAF awards Boeing $2.12bn for Lot 7 production KC-46s

Boeing has been awarded a US$2.12bn contract modification by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to manufacture and deliver an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the USAF under a seventh production lot

USAF orders 12 more KC-46s from Boeing

Boeing announced on January 12 that it has been awarded a US$1.7bn contract by the USAF to deliver 12 more KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft under a sixth production lot