I totally concede that is a picture of a KC-46 flying. The caption is "A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing flies away after being refueled during a refueling training mission over Kansas, Jan. 6, 2020." That doesn't say they are carrying cargo, or refueling anyone else. Further searching the site show another picture with the same idea of the KC-46 receiving fuel, not giving it. "A KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., delivers fuel to a KC-46A Pegasus aircraft during a night-time refueling over Louisiana, May 16, 2019. "
The words from the article include "Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told Senate legislators March 3 the service will not use the new KC-46 tanker unless absolutely necessary to fight a powerful adversary ... KC-46 is slated to be ready for operations in 2023 or 2024. But Goldfein still isn’t comfortable enough with the tanker to let it fly regular missions."
I’m seeing a trend here, so please take what I say as life advice instead of me just being a d**k: You’ll do better to use some common sense and your own brain on occasion, instead of relying on google-fu, caption writers, and the CSAF’s taken-out-of-context-comments.
Case in point: the KC-46 picture I linked: if you used some common sense you would see that although the caption says “KC-46... after being refueled” the picture was taken from the back end of the KC-46 - the part that has the boom on it and is used during tanker refueling, not the front end that does receiver refueling - most likely from a heavy aircraft because if it were taken from a fighter plane the canopy bow would be visible at that angle. Either way, if the KC-46 were truly “being refueled” you would be looking at its nose, not its butt.
Subtly, but perhaps most importantly, the boom is down.
Thus far, all key indicators that the KC-46 was doing tanker refueling...
But in case you can’t cede these points because journalists are incapable of making mistakes, the caption says “The training mission allowed 911th Airlift Wing personnel from pilots to boom operators to use the opportunity to sharpen their skills”. The 911th Airlift Wing doesn’t have boom operators assigned to it because they’re an airlift wing. If they had refueling aircraft it would be called the 911th Air Refueling Wing or the 911th Air Mobility Wing If they had tankers and cargo planes. But the 911th Airlift Wing DOES have C-17s assigned to it, hmmm... interesting turn of events...
So what’s more likely? The KC-46 was somehow doing receiver AR off a C-17 with a boom operator onboard, did a lead change, and then put their boom down for some pics of the boom they never use? Or maybe the McConnell AFB-based KC-46 was tanking a 911th AW C-17 but the dude who wrote the caption wasn’t exactly Rainman and got most details in the caption wrong?
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