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Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Wed May 20, 2020 8:54 am

L/N 1213, the last KC-46A of Lot #4 , seen ouside the FAL, the P&W engines appear to be installed outside.

See Matt Cawby' May 19th Paine Field blog : http://kpae.blogspot.com/2020/05/paine- ... ay-19.html
Detailed picture : http://www.paineairport.com/kpae18344n.htm

Aircraft data : L/N 1213 C/N xxxxx B767-2C 18-46058 USAF KC-46A (VH058) Lot 4, #18/18, tail 86058
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Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Sun May 24, 2020 1:21 am

Looks like the GAO will publish more frequent updates on the KC-46 as requested by three US senators, one of which is on the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Lawmakers order an investigation of KC-46 technical flaws

A trio of senators are calling for an investigation into technical deficiencies that have delayed the operational employment of the KC-46 tanker made by Boeing.

New Hampshire Democrats Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, as well as Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., directed the Government Accountability office on Friday to provide “periodic assessments” on the progress Boeing is making to fix problems impacting the KC-46’s boom and Remote Vision System.

The lawmakers — who represent Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., where the KC-46 is based — wrote that they were concerned that Boeing is moving too slowly on correcting ongoing issues.

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https://www.defensenews.com/congress/20 ... cal-flaws/

I'm not sure the additional scrutiny will do much other than generate some additional click bait articles as the USAF seems happy with the direction the RVS is now going.
 
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Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Sun May 24, 2020 2:15 pm

So for now, the USAF is stuck with 30 aircraft it cannot use.

“While the Air Force has already accepted over 30 aircraft, U.S. Transportation Command has decided not to use the aircraft in operations until the critical deficiencies are fixed, which is not expected to occur until 2023. Instead, it plans to use legacy KC-10 and KC-135 aircraft, some of which are over 60 years old,” they stated in a letter to Gene Dodaro, head of the GAO and comptroller general of the United States.


Perhaps they should pauze deliveries?
 
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Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Sun May 24, 2020 9:16 pm

PepeTheFrog wrote:
So for now, the USAF is stuck with 30 aircraft it cannot use.

“While the Air Force has already accepted over 30 aircraft, U.S. Transportation Command has decided not to use the aircraft in operations until the critical deficiencies are fixed, which is not expected to occur until 2023. Instead, it plans to use legacy KC-10 and KC-135 aircraft, some of which are over 60 years old,” they stated in a letter to Gene Dodaro, head of the GAO and comptroller general of the United States.


Perhaps they should pauze deliveries?

The aircraft are being used, just not on operations so no overseas deployments, but the KC-46 is refuelling some types of aircraft over CONUS probably every day.
 
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Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Mon May 25, 2020 2:47 am

Ozair wrote:
The aircraft are being used, just not on operations so no overseas deployments, but the KC-46 is refuelling some types of aircraft over CONUS probably every day.


Bingo.

Cargo and medevac flights are open, just not coronets/dual roles. Basically, on flights where the KC-46 would require a legacy tanker to accompany it, they'll simplify the mission and just use the legacy tankers.

Sucks for those dudes.
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