Defense

Seymour Johnson AFB obtain first KC-46A Pegasus multirole tanker

Seymour Johnson AFB receive first KC-46A Pegasus multirole tanker


U.S. aerospace large Boeing has introduced that it delivered its 34th KC-46 Pegasus multirole tanker to the U.S. Air Pressure, the primary to be stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Pressure Base, North Carolina.

North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis wrote on Twitter that he’s proud to see Seymour Johnson AFB obtain its first Boeing KC-46 Tanker.

“With at this time’s supply, the 916th Air Refueling Wing has opened its doorways to the subsequent technology of air refueling,” he stated on Twitter.

The 916th Air Refueling wing was chosen by the Air Pressure as the primary Air Pressure Reserve Command to obtain the KC-46 tanker. Seymour Johnson AFB additionally marks the fourth army base to face up tanker operations.

“Seymour Johnson is a base with a powerful historical past in aerial refueling,” stated tanker vp and program supervisor Jamie Burgess. “We all know the Pegasus might be in good palms with the 916th Air Refueling Wing.”

Boeing discipline representatives have been working with wing management the previous a number of months to arrange the bottom for supply of the KC-46, standing up the warehouse, stocking cabinets with spare elements, staging floor assist gear and coaching native airmen.

“There’s quite a bit we have now to do to arrange a base for supply of their first KC-46,” stated Andy Garcia, KC-46 Providers chief. “Our workforce has been shifting 1,000,000 miles per hour to make sure our buyer might be able to function the airplane on day one.”

The KC-46A Pegasus is a widebody, multirole tanker that may refuel all U.S., allied and coalition army plane suitable with worldwide aerial refueling procedures. Boeing designed the KC-46 to hold passengers, cargo and sufferers. The plane can detect, keep away from, defeat and survive threats enabling it to function safely in medium-threat environments.

Boeing started growing the KC-46A for the Air Pressure in 2011 and delivered the primary tanker in January 2019. Boeing has now delivered 34 tankers — 21 to McConnell Air Pressure Base, seven to Pease Air Nationwide Guard Base, 5 to Altus Air Pressure Base and one to Seymour Johnson Air Pressure Base.

Picture by Workers Sgt. Mary McKnight
Picture by Workers Sgt. Mary McKnight
Picture by Workers Sgt. Mary McKnight