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Topic: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: Revelation
Posted 2012-10-18 12:03:38 and read 6225 times.

... and it's the refuelling boom!

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SEATTLE, Oct. 16, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] this week begins assembling the first refueling boom for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft in the KC-46 Boom Assembly Center that opened today at Boeing Field in Seattle.

"We're pleased that this facility opened on schedule," said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager for Boeing. "The KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom based on the proven system on the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 tanker, which will give it advanced refueling capabilities, allowing it to refuel any fixed-wing receiver aircraft anytime and on any mission."

Boom assembly marks the program's shift to production from design activities.

"It's a big day for the KC-46 Tanker Program and the U.S. Air Force," said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, U.S. Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46 Program Director. "Boeing continues to make good progress toward delivering the KC-46 Tanker on schedule."

The first boom will enter testing during the third quarter of 2013 at a System Integration Lab (SIL), known as SIL 0. It is one of five labs designed to reduce risk for avionics and aerial refueling integration. Boeing invented the air refueling boom and has been building, upgrading and modifying them for more than 60 years.

Boeing's KC-46 program remains on track to deliver 18 combat-ready tankers by 2017, and for the next major Air Force contract milestone, the Critical Design Review, scheduled for the summer of 2013.

Production of the KC-46 aircraft begins next summer in Boeing's Everett, Wash., factory. The aircraft will be a 767-2C variant of the commercial 767-200ER airplane. Boeing will build 179 next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft to begin replacing the Air Force's aging KC-135 tankers.

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Topic: RE: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: BoeEngr
Posted 2012-10-19 17:08:44 and read 5983 times.

Does anyone know what building they're using for this?

Not a lot going on now production wise, but 2013 is going to be a great year for seeing the -2C coming together. I can't wait until she rolls out!

Topic: RE: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: Eskimotail
Posted 2012-10-19 18:41:19 and read 5960 times.

Quoting BoeEngr (Reply 1):
Does anyone know what building they're using for this

Thompson site, same building as P8

Topic: RE: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: Revelation
Posted 2012-10-20 07:56:24 and read 5823 times.

FWIW, der Google sagt:



Ref: http://seattletimes.com/html/busines...echnology/2012856205_boeing10.html

Ref: http://seattletimes.com/html/busines...hnology/2015268892_loboeing09.html

Topic: RE: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: KC135TopBoom
Posted 2012-10-21 14:05:11 and read 5568 times.

This is great news for the KC-46 program.

Topic: RE: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: BoeEngr
Posted 2012-10-24 15:40:17 and read 5213 times.

Quoting Eskimotail (Reply 2):
Quoting BoeEngr (Reply 1):
Does anyone know what building they're using for this

Thompson site, same building as P8

Thanks!

Topic: RE: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: KC135Hydraulics
Posted 2012-11-02 19:24:05 and read 4515 times.

I'm certainly excited for this one. The sad reality is I'll probably be stuck working on the KC-135 until I retire. It's going to take a LONG time for those to trickle down to the units.

Topic: RE: First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production
Username: L-188
Posted 2012-11-03 07:47:30 and read 4420 times.

I still read that aircraft designation and have visions of a Curtiss Commando refuted with a flying boom


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