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Boeing hit by $2.1 bn in tanker, production costs

Boeing warned Thursday that second-quarter earnings will be hit by $2.1 billion in unexpected after tax costs, including its third charge in a year on a large Air Force tanker contract. Boeing said its quarterly earnings release on July 27 will recognize $393 million in costs associated with the KC-46 tanker program, a next-generation military

Air Force Finishes Mid-air Refueling Tests

A multi-billion dollar next-generation aerial tanker program managed at Wright-Patterson has completed mid-air refueling tests.

US Air Force Orders $78Mln Pegasus Refueling Tankers Training Contract

The US Air Force is launching a seven-tear training program for the flight personnel of its new KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tankers at two bases, Boeing announced in a press release.

Senator: Grand Forks Base on Short List for Tanker Mission

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says Grand Forks Air Force Base is one of five bases being considered for the new KC-46 air refueling tanker.

Refueling Tankers, Hawaii Airmen Return from Middle East

Three refueling tankers and 50 members of the Hawaii Air National Guard are home after a four-month deployment to the Middle East.

L-3 Communications Wins $1.9Bln Logistics Contract for US Air Force Tankers

The Pentagon announced that L-3 Communications had been awarded almost a $2 billion US Air Force contract to guarantee the supply of airframes for the next generation of air refueling tankers.

Boeing and U.S. Air Force Adjust KC-46 Tanker Schedule

KC-46 Pegasus aircraft are now expected to arrive at their first basing locations by late summer or early fall 2017. The KC-46 was most recently scheduled for a spring 2017 arrival at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the first formal training unit location; and McConnell AFB, Kansas, the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base.

Boeing Misses Target for KC-46 Refueling Tanker Delivery, Deadline Extended

The target date for Boeing to deliver a fleet of KC-46 fuel air tankers that are designed to service all US and allied military aircraft has been extended due to unresolved technical difficulties, the US Air Force News Service reported in a dispatch filed on Friday.

Canadian fire points to Alberta’s infrastructure weakness: Fuel for Thought

It’s been about three weeks since a wildfire broke out in the heart of Alberta’s oil sands production area in the Athabasca region in Fort McMurray, and it is still raging. Some 1,950 fire fighters, 208 helicopters, 29 air tankers and...Show More Summary

V-22 Aerial Tanker Variant on Tap for 2018 | Israel’s Sea-based Iron Dome Intercepts Salvos in Test | Saab Premiers First of Three Gripen E’s

Americas The Navy’s V-22 Osprey program has set 2018 for the deployment of the aerial tanker variant of the USMC’s MV-22B. Once the new capability is installed, it will be possible for the air combat element of a Marine Expeditionary Unit to refuel in air its F-35 Lightning II strike fighters and CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters, […]

Interview: Flight Testing Australia’s Airbus KC-30 Tanker

Robbin Laird, Ed Timperlake Air Power, Air Force, Flight Testing, Tankers, Australia, Asia-Pacific, Australia, China, South Pacific This new RAAF capability provides the Australian Defence Force and the Australian political leaders with...Show More Summary

Air Force Bases in Oklahoma Await New Fleet of KC-46 Tankers

A new fleet of tankers is expected to give the U.S. Air Force a more efficient option for refueling planes midflight.

Air Force's KC-46 Air Tanker Has Tough Road Ahead Before Final Testing

The Air Force's top generals have repeatedly referred to the KC-46A air tanker program as one of its top priorities.

Stealth Saga #38

RQ-170: Air and Space has a profile of the RQ-170. UCLASS: Despite doing a tanker drone first, the US Navy has stated it still wants a UCLASS drone.The GAO reported on the progress on UCLASS. ATD-X/X-2: Here's a high resolution photo of the X-2. Show More Summary

Too Much Secrecy Could Kill the U.S. Air Force’s Next Bomber

The U.S. Air Force faces three major modernization programs — replacing fighter and attack airplanes with the F-35, phasing out the KC-135 tanker for the KC-46A, and developing a stealth bomber replacement for the B-52 and B-1 with the B-21. Unfortunately, Congress has not appropriated enough funds to purchase the...

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