Jan 30, 2016
KC-46 Tanker Completes First Refueling Flight
During the Jan. 24 flight, the Boeing and US Air Force test team completed a series of test points with the aircraft before successfully transferring 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 fighter jet. The KC-46, took off from Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington.
During the 5 hour, 43 minute flight, the tanker’s refueling “boom” – a rigid, telescoping tube that an operator on the aircraft extends and inserts into a receptacle on the receiving aircraft for fuel transfer – remained stable and performed well, the statement reads.