Boeing”s KC-46 tanker successfully refueled an A-10 combat aircraft, clearing the final hurdle before the Air Force approves the first production order. The “milestone C” testing was completed July 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Foce Base, Ohio. During a four-hour flight, the KC-46 offloaded 1,500 pounds of fuel to the A-10, at 15,000 feet. “This completed the required air refueling demonstrations needed for the upcoming production milestone decision,” said Boeing spokesman Chick Ramey. The program has racked up more than 900 flight test hours with five aircraft. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein is expected in August to approve the tanker to begin low-rate production. The Air Force will award a contract for the first two production lots for 19 aircraft, followed by a third lot in January 2017.
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