Boeing on Sunday marked a major milestone with its new KC-46A Pegasus aircraft, completing a midair refueling of an Air Force F-16 fighter jet.
Boeing said during the five hour and 43 minute flight it provided 1,600 pounds of fuel to the F-16 at an altitude of 20,000 feet.
The successful air refueling demonstration is “the prerequisite for the low-rate initial production decision,” Col. Christopher Coombs, Air Force KC-46 system program manager, said in a Boeing news release Sunday night.
“We have a lot of work yet to do, but this is an exciting time for the airmen who are preparing to fly, maintain and support the KC-46 Pegasus for decades to come,” Coombs said.
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McConnell Air Force Base is slated to receive 36 of the aircraft, based off of the Boeing 767 airframe.