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Boeing has shown tests of a new tanker aircraft for the US Air Force

Boeing has tested new KC-46 aircraft destined for the US Air Force. The liner can act as an air tanker and a transport vessel. The plane is still being tested, and Boeing has shown the process of refueling its twin KC-46.

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#Boeing#USAF KC-46 Pegasus refuels second #KC46, completing FAA Supplemental Type Certification on-load testing. RELEASE: https://t.co/RNfHEmANS0 pic.twitter.com/z52K2TXOaX

— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) April 4, 2018


“https://mashable.com/2018/04/04/boeing-kc-46-military-tanker-refuel-mid-flight/?utm_cid=hp-h-3#cJw4vQSL3Pqk” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>poured from one aircraft into another at a speed of 1200 gallons per minute (about 4.5 thousand liters). One of the test KC-46 flew already 2,700 hours and carried out air refueling of other types of aircraft – in particular, the fourth generation F-16 fighter.

Commissioning of the Boeing KC-46 is expected this year. The aircraft is a converted Boeing 767 airliner. The novelty will replace the outdated Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, which has been used since the second half of the fifties.

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