Tanker

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

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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