McConnell AFB accepts long-delayed KC-46A Pegasus tanker

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Boeing Defense announced Thursday that the long-delayed KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft will arrive in Wichita next month.

During extensive flight testing, six KC-46 completed more than 3,800 flight hours and offloaded more than four million pounds of fuel.

Pegasus has been tested throughout all aspects of the refueling envelope and in all conditions, according to Boeing.

"The KC-46A is a proven, safe, multi-mission aircraft that will transform aerial refueling and mobility operations for decades to come. We look forward to working with the Air Force, and the Navy, during their initial operational test and evaluation of the KC-46, as we further demonstrate the operational capabilities of this next-generation aircraft across refueling, mobility and combat weapons systems missions,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

McConnell Air Force Base will receive the first four KC-46 aircraft, with four others headed to Oklahoma’s Altus Air Force Base.

Boeing is on contract for 52 of an expected 179 tankers for the Air Force.