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KC-46A Pegasus (2015)

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KC-46A Pegasus (2015)

The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner. In February 2011, the tanker was selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the winner in the KC-X tanker competition to replace older KC-135 Stratotankers. The first 18 combat-ready aircraft are expected to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force in late 2018 or early 2019


The U.S. Air Force ran a procurement program to replace around 100 of its oldest KC-135E Stratotankers, and selected Boeing’s KC-767. The Boeing tanker received the KC-767A designation from the United States Department of Defense in 2002 and appeared in the 2004 edition of DoD model designation report.[4] The Air Force decided to lease 100 KC-767 tankers from Boeing.

Operational History

Despite several nations leasing military aircraft, there was criticism. US Senator John McCain and others criticized the draft leasing agreement as being wasteful and problematic. In response to the protests, the Air Force struck a compromise in November 2003, whereby it would purchase 80 KC-767 aircraft and lease 20 more. In December 2003, the Pentagon announced the project was to be frozen when an investigation of allegations of corruption led to the jailing of one of its former procurement executives who applied to work for Boeing. The Air Force’s KC-767A contract was officially canceled by the DoD in January 2006.


Boeing KC-46A Pegasus

Role Aerial refueling and transport aircraft
Manufacturer Boeing Defense, Space & Security
First flight 25 September 2015
Introduction 2019
Status In service
Primary user United States Air Force
Produced 2013–present
Number built 45+
Developed from Boeing KC-767


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Boeing KC-46A Pegasus (2015)

On 23 April 2014, the USAF announced that the KC-46 Pegasus will be based at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. The base will start receiving the first of 36 tankers in 2016. The KC-135 Stratotanker is currently stationed at this base. McConnell AFB was chosen because it had low construction costs and it is in a location with a high demand for air refueling. Up to 10 operating bases are to be chosen for the KC-46 fleet. Pegasus crews will be trained at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Altus AFB was also chosen for its limited construction needs and for other training programs for the C-17 Globemaster and KC-135 already at the base.


Crew: 3 (2 pilots, 1 boom operator) basic crew; 15 

Capacity: seating for up to 114 people, 18 463L pallets, or 58 patients (24 litters, 34 ambulatory)

Payload: 65,000 lb (29,500 kg)

Length: 165 ft 6 in (50.5 m)

Wingspan: 157 ft 8 in (48.1 m)

Height: 52 ft 1 in (15.9 m)

Empty weight: 181,610 lb (82,377 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 415,000 lb (188,240 kg)

Maximum Transfer Fuel Load: 207,672 lb (94,198 kg)

Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney PW4062 turbofan, 63,300 lbf[
 (282 kN) each

  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.86 (570 mph, 914 km/h)

    Cruise speed: Mach 0.80 (530 mph, 851 km/h)

    Range: 6,385 nmi (11,830 km) ; global with in flight refueling

    Service ceiling: 40,100 ft (12,200 m)

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