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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:34 pm

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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Sat May 11, 2019 2:46 am

The KC-46 has been certified to fuel the F-35, but hardly any deliveries of late.

https://defenseworld.net/news/24757/Boe ... NY01zbYo3E
 
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Sun May 19, 2019 10:50 am

Three more deliveries :

May 17th 2019, LN# 1154, Variable # VH036, MSN# 34091, BuNo. 17-46036, Hex Code AE5E11, Tail# 76036, CallSign: KANZA01, BFI-IAB
May 18th 2019, LN# 1131, Variable # VH025, MSN# 41863, BuNo. 17-46025, Hex Code AE5E06, Tail# 76025, CallSign: EXXON04, BFI-LTS
May 18th 2019, LN# 1145, Variable # VH032, MSN# 34111, BuNo. 17-46032, Hex Code AE5E0D, Tail# 76032, CallSign: EXXON05, BFI-LTS

See also : https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense/statu ... 3228793858
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Wed May 29, 2019 11:35 pm

When will the first KC-46 be delivered to PSM for the NHANG? Will it be a new delivery directly from Boeing, or will it be a transferred airplane from IAB or LTS?
 
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Thu May 30, 2019 9:26 pm

kc135topboom wrote:
When will the first KC-46 be delivered to PSM for the NHANG? Will it be a new delivery directly from Boeing, or will it be a transferred airplane from IAB or LTS?

I read that it is planned for late summer or early fall and the frames would come directly from Boeing. Though with these types of transitions, it entirely depends on when the base completes the necessary mods and is ready for the aircraft.

Some sources involving the progress of the transition:
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your ... rce=clavis
https://www.157arw.ang.af.mil/News/Arti ... -at-pease/
https://www.157arw.ang.af.mil/News/Arti ... e-trainer/
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:37 am

Thanks, Habu
 
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:47 pm

747classic wrote:
Three more deliveries :

May 17th 2019, LN# 1154, Variable # VH036, MSN# 34091, BuNo. 17-46036, Hex Code AE5E11, Tail# 76036, CallSign: KANZA01, BFI-IAB
May 18th 2019, LN# 1131, Variable # VH025, MSN# 41863, BuNo. 17-46025, Hex Code AE5E06, Tail# 76025, CallSign: EXXON04, BFI-LTS
May 18th 2019, LN# 1145, Variable # VH032, MSN# 34111, BuNo. 17-46032, Hex Code AE5E0D, Tail# 76032, CallSign: EXXON05, BFI-LTS

See also : https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense/statu ... 3228793858


And about a month later, still no more deliveries...
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:09 pm

Spacepope wrote:
747classic wrote:
Three more deliveries :

May 17th 2019, LN# 1154, Variable # VH036, MSN# 34091, BuNo. 17-46036, Hex Code AE5E11, Tail# 76036, CallSign: KANZA01, BFI-IAB
May 18th 2019, LN# 1131, Variable # VH025, MSN# 41863, BuNo. 17-46025, Hex Code AE5E06, Tail# 76025, CallSign: EXXON04, BFI-LTS
May 18th 2019, LN# 1145, Variable # VH032, MSN# 34111, BuNo. 17-46032, Hex Code AE5E0D, Tail# 76032, CallSign: EXXON05, BFI-LTS

See also : https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense/statu ... 3228793858


And about a month later, still no more deliveries...

I feel like we have done this before...

USAF still finding FOD in Boeing KC-46 and expects more

The US Air Force (USAF) continues to find foreign object debris (FOD) inside the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus in-flight refuelling tanker, including loose material found this week, and it expects to discover objects for the foreseeable future.

FOD found inside new KC-46As delivered to the USAF is a result of cultural problems, said Will Roper, USAF assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, technology and logistics, at the show. The service is finding tools, rubbish and left-over parts such as loose nuts during inspections, he said.

...

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ex-459031/

It really shouldn't be this hard.
 
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:03 am

Boeing, get your act together :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :talktothehand: :talktothehand: :talktothehand:
 
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:46 am

kc135topboom wrote:
Boeing, get your act together :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :talktothehand: :talktothehand: :talktothehand:


It really shouldn't be that hard. Have a couple 767 hangers, bring in the KC's that are the most complete, vacuum and clean every space one by one, also finishing out any punchlist items as you go, then get it checked out for the acceptance flights.

The crazy part is they clearly have been working a later group of the production, models that first flew after June 2018, but not the latest models either. Have they not done the rework on the ones still to fly. There are 16 that have had their first flight but not delivered yet.
 
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:01 pm

One of the things that make FOD cleanup hard is the anticorrosion material sprayed in the fuselage.. especially the area below the waterline. anything that falls in it while its fresh is stuck so vacuuming doesn't work. likewise if it falls in a stringer/skin joint while the compound is still pliable... I recall one instance where we had the production line pull up a door sill because the drain was blocked, we scraped up about a pound of debris bound together with the compound..
 
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:49 pm

I think I read somewhere that Pease would have a public 'open house' of sorts upon the plane's arrival. Based on a late 2019 arrival of the first one, an event in Spring 2020 seems likely.
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:03 am

Moose135 wrote:
They didn't have the inside open to the public, but I did get a good look around the outside and spent about 10 minutes talking with one of the pilots who flew it in. He came out of R-model -135s, and loves the -46.

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Great pictures Moose

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762 at Continental and they were great aircraft, masses of power and very responsive, the KC 46 only weighs a little more but has even more thrust, I imagine it’s a delight



After looking at your pictures more closely I’m surprised at how large the fairing with the cameras for the remote boomer is


As big and ‘draggy’ as it is Boeing would have been better off building a proper boom operator station there instead, probably wouldn’t have been much bigger and they would have avoided all the technical issues with IFR using CCTV
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:34 pm

Max Q wrote:
After looking at your pictures more closely I’m surprised at how large the fairing with the cameras for the remote boomer is


Interesting. I suppose by the time the air flow gets back there, the boundary layer is such that the impact of that pillbox is not as bad as one would think. Otherwise they would have done a better job of fairing it out.

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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:43 pm

Didn't see it reported here, but it looks like Boeing actually managed to squeeze one out the door in June. According to the spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... 2121076296

#23 delivered on June 29. Based on the color scheme on the sheet, 29 might be next.
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