First KC-46 delivered to USAF

Photo: The first USAF KC-46A arrives at McConnell AFB on January 25. USAF/SSgt David Bernal Del Agua


The first two Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft were delivered to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing and 931st ARW at McConnell AFB, Kansas, on January 25. ‘This day will go down in history as a win for Team McConnell and the Air Force as a whole,’ said Col Josh Olson, 22nd ARW commander. The active-duty 344th ARS and Air Force Reserve 924th ARS will be the first units in the military to fly the KC-46 operationally.

‘Every Airman who was transferred to the KC-46 team was hand-selected specifically to bring this airplane to the fight,’ said Lt Col Wesley Spurlock, 344th Air Refueling Squadron commander.

These first USAF KC-46As are for operational evaluation. Pegasus training will be carried out by the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s (AMW) 56th Air Refueling Squadron, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The second of around 10 main operating bases (MOB) will be established at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire. The first tankers assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command will be operated by the 916th ARW at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. It will receive the first of 12 tankers beginning in early 2020.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey and Travis AFB, California were selected as the preferred locations for the next two MOBs. The 305th AMW will receive the first of a planned fleet of 24 tankers during Fiscal 2021 and the 60th AMW will follow suit in Fiscal 2023 when the first of 24 aircraft arrive at Travis.

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