Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boeing Adds KC-46 Test Plane

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boeing Adds KC-46 Test Plane

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EVERETT, WASHINGTON - Boeing has added a fourth and final flight test aircraft to the KC-46 Pegasus fleet, a 767-2C.

During a 1 hour, 40 minute flight April 25, test pilots performed operational engine checks, flight controls and environmental systems checks and took the 767-2C to a maximum altitude of 39,000 feet prior to landing at Boeing Field, south of Seattle.

The 767-2C is a KC-46 without the aerial refueling system installed. This aircraft, known as EMD-3, will be used to conduct environmental control system testing, including hot day/cold day testing and smoke penetration testing.

As part of the contract awarded in 2011 to design and develop the U.S. Air Force's next-generation tanker, Boeing has built four test aircraft - two are configured as 767-2Cs and two as KC-46 tankers. …

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