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Saturday, April 11, 2015

GAO warns Boeing’s testing time on Air Force tanker is short

Boeing 767-2C (KC-46)Boeing's delays on the Air Force KC-46 tanker program mean it will have just three months of flight testing, rather than the expected 13 months, before the Pentagon is scheduled to decide whether to start building the first production models, according to a government oversight report released Thursday.

In those three months, starting mid-2015, Boeing will have to hustle to demonstrate that the tanker can reliably perform its in-flight refueling mission. If not, it risks another serious delay.
So far, only a single flight test has been conducted on a 767-2C airframe that is the baseline for the tanker but doesn't any aerial refueling equipment.

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