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First Piece Of KC-46 Begins Production  
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11929 posts, RR: 25
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5736 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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User currently offlineBoeEngr From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 321 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5494 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!


User currently offlineEskimotail From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5471 times:

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

Thompson site, same building as P8


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11929 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5334 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



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 5079 times:

This is great news for the KC-46 program.

User currently offlineBoeEngr From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 321 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4724 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!


User currently offlineKC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4026 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.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29706 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3931 times:

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


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