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- Oct 9, 2009
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Triton said:Has the Boeing KC-46A been given an official name by the United States Air Force?
Source: Air Force Monthly, April 2014Pegasus to be Ofﬁcial Name for US Air Force KC-46A
US AIR Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III announced on
February 20 that the new Boeing KC-46A tanker has been given the
official name ‘Pegasus’, after the winged horse of Greek mythology.
Four engineering and manufacturing development
(EMD) aircraft are currently in various stages of production for
the KC-46A programme, with the first now nearing completion.
After its maiden flight in June, the first aircraft will then be converted
to full tanker configuration before re-flying in early 2015.
First production delivery to the USAF is planned for early 2016,
the contract specifying that 18 combat-ready aircraft are to be
in service by 2017. The USAF will buy 179 KC-46As, with
deliveries continuing until 2027.
Okay, now that's kinda cool.Boxman said:Hmm, perhaps it's also a sly nod to the tradition of aerial tankers using gas station names as callsigns? In this case the "pegasus" that has been associated with Magnolia / Standard Oil Company of New York (SOCONY) / Mobil since the 1930s.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/14/airshow-britain-boeing-tanker-idUSL6N0PP2F220140714Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters late on Sunday that Boeing was performing "satisfactorily" on the KC-46 tanker program, but several events - including water damage caused by a sprinkler malfunction at the company's Everett, Washington plant - meant costs were higher than expected.
Source: AviationWeek.com - First Flight for KC-46 Tanker Platform Slips FurtherPoorly designed wiring bundles for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 tanker replacement aircraft have driven program officials to further slip first flight of the Boeing 767-2C aircraft from June to no earlier than the middle of November.
Steve Pace said:The KC-46A has been officially named Pegasus. -SP
Source: AW&ST - Amy Butler - Kendall Not Ruling Out Another KC-46 Charge For Boeing[...]The initial flight for the first 767-2C is now slated for "late November or early December," says Caroline Hutcheson, a company spokeswoman. As of September, officials were targeting mid-November; originally, this aircraft was to take to the skies in June. [...]
Triton said:Not sure when it happened, but the official name for the KC-46A is Pegasus.
Skyblazer said:...the last of which being less than a fortnight ago... : (see top of page)
Jemiba said:Skyblazer said:...the last of which being less than a fortnight ago... : (see top of page)
or here http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,22441.msg226630.html#msg226630.
Jemiba said:Na, that name cannot be taken for granted before we've seen a horse with wings
painted to the nose of KC-46. Maybe we should look for a suitable comic character ?
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A provisional test 767-2C, a freighter variant of the aircraft, and the first EMD KC-46 are scheduled to fly in the second quarter of calendar year 2015. [...]
The company launched a wiring audit that found about 5% of the aircraft’s 98,000 wiring bundles were installed too close to redundant counterparts. The first four engineering and manufacturing development aircraft had to be rewired before they could roll off the production line.
Source:[...]The first flight test window for the 767-2C – which includes wiring, plumbing, doors and floors – is set for Dec. 27 with a backup one day later, USAF Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, program executive officer for tankers, said in an interview with Aviation Week.
This first flight for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD)-1 aircraft is critical toward the next first flight milestone. EMD-2, the first fully configured KC-46 aerial refueler, is slated to take to the skies in April.[...]
SecAF: KC-46 First Flight 'Hopefully' Summer
by Aaron Mehta
19-March-2015, 4:28 PM
WASHINGTON — The Air Force secretary expects the KC-46A tanker to have its first flight sometime over the summer, a "several month" delay for a milestone on the program.
The timeline laid out for Defense News by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James clarifies comments made Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, program executive officer for tankers, that the tanker was going to miss the expected first flight date of mid-April.
"It is concerning me," James said in a Thursday interview. "My best belief, at this point, is it will be a several-month delay. So hopefully summertime is when it would occur."
This is not the first delay of a major test point on the tanker. The first test flight of a Boeing 767-2C, a test version of the KC-46A without the refueling boom and other tanker equipment, was scheduled for June 2014; it eventually occurred just before the New Year.
Executives for Boeing have emphasized that its focus is on a contractual obligation to provide 18 ready-to-go tankers on the ramp by 2017, and noted that first flight dates are targets, not obligations.
James did say that the KC-46 program has some good news, noting that the costs are capped and the company is largely on track for its major contractual requirements.
However, Richardson warned on Tuesday that the margin built into the schedule was essentially gone, and that any delay in getting that first flight up was a concern because of the need to get air worthiness certifications.
James echoed Richardson's concern about the lack of margin, and added that Boeing has submitted a new integrated master schedule, laying out its internal target dates, for review by the Air Force.
"The worrying news is that underneath those contractual and milestone requirements, there are a whole lot of other milestones," James said. "This is the internal plan for how do you get from here to there to meet the milestones. That's where there have been challenges and slippages and so forth, so that is the worrying part."
The KC-46A will replace the majority of the service's tanker fleet with 179 new planes, based on a Boeing commercial design.
Boeing Moves Top Executive to Fix Aerial Tanker Project
By Jon Ostrower
July 30, 2015 4:02 p.m. ET
Boeing Co. has assigned its aircraft development chief to right its troubled aerial refueling tanker project, on the heels of a surprise $835 million charge to its second-quarter earnings, the company said in an internal memo to staff.
Scott Fancher, vice president of airplane development, will take on “a special interim assignment to provide senior executive oversight and increased management support to the tanker program,” according to the memo from Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s newly appointed chief executive.
The new assignment adds to Mr. Fancher’s current role overseeing the company’s new jetliner development programs. Bob Feldmann, vice president and general manager of the 777X jetliner development, will also become Mr. Fancher’s deputy in the development role on programs such as the stretched 787-10 and single-aisle 737 Max.
Mr. Fancher is no stranger to troubled programs, having served as head of Boeing’s flagship 787 Dreamliner program from 2008, helping to right production and complete development after 3½ years of delays.
Boeing on July 17 announced it was taking a 77 cent per share charge against its earnings after testing revealed issues with the jet’s fuel system. The company aims to deliver the first 18 new KC-46 tanker aircraft to the U.S. Air Force by August 2017.
Just weeks before the planned first flight of a fully outfitted KC-46 Air Force tanker, the plane’s fueling system has been damaged by a chemical mix-up, temporarily grounding the jet. Meanwhile, Boeing put veteran executive Scott Fancher in charge of the troubled tanker program.
In a new setback just weeks before the planned first flight of a fully outfitted KC-46 Air Force tanker, the Boeing plane’s fueling system has been damaged by a chemical mix-up, temporarily grounding the jet.
The jet — the first test plane outfitted with working air-refueling systems and designated as a tanker — was at the fuel dock on Paine Field last week when mechanics used the wrong chemical during a test of the fuel system, according to people familiar with the details.
The chemical, supplied by a vendor and mislabeled, caused corrosion and damaged the fuel system, including the advanced new fuel boom designed to offload gas to fighter aircraft, the sources said.
The fuel boom as well as the auxiliary fuel tanks in the fuselage of the airplane have been removed from the aircraft for inspection and any necessary repairs. The Air Force has been informed of the incident.
The auxiliary tanks appear to be undamaged, one source said.
Boeing spokesman Chick Ramey would not provide details but confirmed Boeing is “determining a plan of action” for “an emergent KC-46 issue.”
“We are currently assessing the potential impact of the issue on scheduled program activities,” Ramey said.
It’s unclear how much this incident will delay the plane’s first flight, which was expected in late August or early September.
TomS said:Well, there's an ex-vendor, one imagines. How the heck to do mislabel corrosive materials and stay in business as a chemcial supplier (assuming that's the vendor in question)?