HomeNewsArticle Display

KC-46 hits milestone at Edwards AFB

Boeing's KC-46 aerial refueling tanker conducts receiver compatibility tests with a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of Test 003-06. The event marks the nearing completion of "Milestone C" in the new tanker's developmental testing stage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula)

Boeing's KC-46 aerial refueling tanker conducts receiver compatibility tests with a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Fielding began last week on America’s newest air refueling tanker aircraft – the KC-46 Pegasus. Operationalizing a new military aircraft does not happen often, but when it does, it typically goes through Edwards Air Force Base – the center of the aerospace testing universe. Regardless of whether it is a frequent or a rare occurrence, hitting a milestone like this should be a huge source of pride for our entire team.

Fielding the KC-46 provides a massive boost to our nation’s warfighting capabilities in a world characterized by competition from near-peer adversaries. We would not have reached this point without the amazing accomplishments of the 412th Test Wing.

The KC-46 is not perfect. Yet, strategic leaders at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio and the Pentagon would not have been in a position to field it now without the knowledge we provided to them to understand and mitigate problems. It was our team who discovered faults. It was our team who raised concerns. It was our team who collaborated with the contractors, the program office and the end-users to fix shortcomings.

The warfighter deserves the best capability possible. As such, we will continue to be intimately involved in molding and shaping this new aircraft into a fully-effective and suitable warfighting machine. Along with our operational test, program office and contractor partners, it will be our team who verifies fixes. It will be our team who ensures that requirements are met. It will be our team who refines the capability into the needs of the warfighter. It will be our team who completes the certifications to refuel the entire range of U.S. and ally military receivers. It will be our team who helps create the roadmap for next-generation refueling capabilities beyond those currently on the drawing board.

It was the Global Reach Combined Test Force and the 418th Flight Test Squadron who played the most significant role in this massive accomplishment. Operations, maintenance, engineering and program management were at the forefront of this substantial test and evaluation effort. Yet, we should never lose sight of the fact that our entire team played a critical role. It required the efforts of defenders, logisticians, strategic planners, medics, firefighters, trainers, inspectors and educators. It required expertise in communications, contingencies, finance, safety, intelligence, facilities, civil engineering, services, security and personnel. It required those who create a safe environment, a positive climate and a trained workforce. Ultimately, it required a complete focus on shaping America’s arsenal as we strive together for the warfighter.

The KC-46 will not be the last aircraft whose fielding path comes through our organization, as the U.S. military’s next trainer and next bomber are already on the books to perform the bulk of their testing here. When the time comes for the test and evaluation of America’s next remotely piloted aircraft and newest fighter, they will likely arrive on our doorstep as well. It is because the world knows our team is comprised of reliable experts and focused professionals who provide world-class test and evaluation for the warfighter.
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Thanks to the partnerships #Airmen built within their community, the @Dodgers hosted the first Los Angeles “Enlistm… https://t.co/B6dYDIfVvB
Election to the @theNAEng is among the highest professional distinctions afforded to an #engineer. For one #USAF en… https://t.co/iCL59ciOxD
.@HQ_AFMC modernizes aircrew safety with new technology. https://t.co/eBpCF3gk33
What would you do if you witnessed a severe car accident? This @MacDill_AFB #Airman's quick thinking ultimately sav… https://t.co/K1cacCZAab
An #F16 flies over the coast of #Florida during a training sortie during a deployment @45thSpaceWing, Feb. 4. (Air… https://t.co/XgQEIpNI4p
RT @SecAFOfficial: We make it real. Fielding solutions faster & smarter. @usairforce https://t.co/n4kCs4WvPi https://t.co/EyZgqgpd9M
RT @AirmanMagazine: This hands-on training exposes Flight Nurse and Aeromedical Technician Course students to various types of wartime inju…
RT @AFThunderbirds: #blackhistorymonth: In 1964, Lloyd “Fig” Newton’s interest peaked when he saw the #afthunderbirds demonstration perform…
Meet Eden. She's not just a therapy dog; she’s a liaison of information between the #USAF and the @USArmy.… https://t.co/hVXFubZws7
The #USAF's partnership w/ the #RoK continues to build through joint training. Find out how this #pilot's training… https://t.co/Qb12jUdTHr
Coaching is much more than something this #Airman does on the side. Helping #Airmen stay physically #resilient is a… https://t.co/Bh2euH1SRb
Haven't been keeping up with #USAF news lately? No worries! Check out our most recent #AroundtheAirForce for a quic… https://t.co/UaaicUPk33
#AirForce maintainers assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing work to lower the nose landing gear on a #C5M Super Ga… https://t.co/Fvk6cJSJS9
#Cybersecurity ALERT! A fake website for the @DeptofDefense Transition Assistance Program has been identified. Pro… https://t.co/PwMooTTUvp
The 6 finalists of @SecAFOfficial’s #SparkTank initiative will showcase their ideas to #USAF senior leaders at… https://t.co/wDvdAj99Hw
#CMSAF Wright before Congress: #USAF #readiness and #lethality are hugely impacted by quality of life.… https://t.co/qcWT1J1inO
Did you hear? The @97AMW welcomed its first #KC46A Pegasus Feb. 8! #KC46Delivery https://t.co/mfoa7bVAym https://t.co/m96Nv3rqer
#USAF #Airman & #MWD Tank relax after practicing basic obedience commands @20FighterWing, Feb. 4, 2019. The K-9 Uni… https://t.co/ENSFAuVDWR
#DYK, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory is one of the largest of 60 small islands making up the Chagos A… https://t.co/C22sgrFZcu
RT @USecAF_Official: With unprecedented unity across the services, @USArmy and @USNavy are working with us to overcome challenges faster an…