U.S. Air Force Disputes Testers on KC-46 Tanker | Gannett Government Media | defensenews.com

The U.S. Air Force disputes the assessment by the Pentagon’s top tester that the test program for its prized KC-46 tanker program is not executable.

“The Air Force respects the opinions of the Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, but does not agree with its assessment that the KC-46 test program is ‘not executable,’” Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Cassidy said in an email. “The Air Force does acknowledge that Boeing’s overall KC-46 program schedule is considered medium risk, in part due to its aggressive flight-test schedule.”

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It’s a tanker. Based on a commercial aircraft design.

Just how much flight test does it need?

Boeing designed and built and closed the entire KC-135 program in less time than the KC-X/KC-46 program has taken so far. And they haven’t even delivered one plane yet!

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  1. Boeing are combining a standard 767 with a 787 cockpit setup, so it’s probably a good idea to test this combination properly. The program’s health in general is worrying though, given that Boeing has been unable to deliver both the new 787 and latest 747 derivative on time and on spec. The 787 delays are understandable, given its newer composite construction, but the 747 problems are unexpected.

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