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Boeing: al via la produzione del KC-46

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Boeing inizierà la costruzione del primo KC-46 tanker nel mese di giugno 2013.

 

Il KC-46 dovrebbe volare per la prima volta nel primo trimestre del 2015. Ma la struttura del velivolo 767-2C, su cui si basa il tanker, probabilmente volerà a metà del 2014, prima di essere modificata per la forza aerea. Boeing spera in produzione entro il terzo trimestre del 2015.

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Il primo dei 18 KC-46 dovrebbe essere consegnato nel 2016. La produzione full-rate, che dovrebbe essere di circa 15 aerei all’anno, avrà inizio più o meno nello stesso tempo, con un totale di 179 aerei da produrre per l’USAF.

Via: Nonsoloaerei.net

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Corteggiamento .... 2hxlpa1.jpg

 

Boeing Courts Possible KC-46A Tanker Buyers ....

 

Boeing Co. has begun courting potential foreign buyers of the KC-46A refueling tanker it’s developing for the U.S. Air Force, company officials said.

The Chicago-based company has already had discussions with several customers about beginning deliveries of the aircraft in 2017 or 2018 ....

 

Fonte .... http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/06/20/boeing-courts-possible-kc-46a-tanker-buyers/

 

 

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Gli hanno attaccato le ali ....

 

 

Boeing Joins First KC-46A Airframe ....

The fuselage and wings for the first 767-2C to be adapted into a KC-46A for the U.S. Air Force’s aerial refueling tanker program have been joined at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility.
Final body join of the first aircraft, dubbed VH001, marks a significant milestone in the $4.4 billion KC-46 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program, which the Air Force awarded the company in February 2011.

 

Fonte .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/asd_12_12_2013_p01-02-645898.xml

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Imminente il "rollout" del primo esemplare ....

 

First KC-46 Airframe Rollout Set For Early In 2014 ....

 

With the first set of Pratt & Whitney engines delivered for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46 test aircraft, Boeing is planning to roll out the first green 767-2C next year.

The 767-2C is the customized commercial platform on which the KC-46 is designed. The 2C includes provisions — such as customized plumbing — to support the KC-46’s refueling mission.

 

Fonte .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_12_24_2013_p0-650371.xml

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Già in assemblaggio il quarto ed ultimo degli esemplari destinati ai collaudi ....

 

"Boeing assembles final KC-46A test aircraft" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-assembles-final-kc-46a-test-aircraft-394946/

 

The Boeing Company .... http://boeing.mediaroom.com/Boeing-Starts-Assembly-of-Final-KC-46A-Test-Aircraft

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Venghino Signori .... venghino .... zmb395.jpg .... che siamo ben disposti a vendervelo ....

 

Marketing Pegasus ....

 

The Air Force is working hard to ensure interoperability of the KC-46 tanker, as well as other fleets of aircraft, with allies around the world, Maj. Gen. John Thompson, USAF’s program executive officer for tankers, told House legislators last week.

Speaking before the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower and projection forces panel on April 2, Thompson said USAF is assisting Boeing in its KC-46 marketing efforts by ensuring Air Force senior leadership is as knowledgeable as possible about the tanker and its capabilities so they can answer questions allies may have about the program.

They also are coordinating with Boeing to bring the KC-46 simulator and air refueling operator station simulator before “a significant number of the air attaches from here in Washington, D.C., at the foreign embassies” and at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities and hear the status of the program, Thompson said.

 

Autumn A. Arnett - 4/7/2014

 

Fonte .... il "Daily Report" dell'AFA .... 2mpl6b5.jpg

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Confermata la scelta delle prime basi ....

 

It’s Official: Altus, McConnell to get KC-46A ....

 

The first Active Duty-led KC-46A main operating base will be located at McConnell AFB, Kan., and the formal Pegasus training unit will be based at Altus AFB, Okla., announced the Air Force Wednesday.

“Making a final basing decision is an important step in recapitalizing the tanker fleet,” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

“We will begin to replace our aging tanker fleet in 2016, but even when the program is complete in 2028, we will have replaced less than half of the current tanker fleet and will still be flying over 200 half-century-old KC-135 (Stratotankers).”

Both bases were selected as USAF’s preferred alternatives in May 2013, pending the results of an environmental analysis, which was recently completed.

At the time, USAF also announced it had selected Pease AGS, N.H., as the preferred site for the first Air National Guard KC-46A main operating base.

An official decision on that, however, is expected this summer, with the first ANG aircraft scheduled to arrive in Fiscal 2018, states the April 23 release.

“I am proud of the airmen at McConnell for earning this mission based on their excellent record of service,” said Sen. Pat Roberts in a joint statement with Sen. Jerry Moran and Rep. Mike Pompeo, all Republicans from Kansas.

 

4/24/2014

 

Fonte .... il "Daily Report" dell'AFA .... 2mpl6b5.jpg

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L’articolo non scende nel dettaglio ma qualcosa in più flightglobal l'aveva era scritto a inizio aprile.

 

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeings-kc-46-test-run-complicated-by-c-17-refuelli-423831/

 

Ogni aereo ha una forma che influenza l’aria che lo investe in modo differente: il problema è di natura aerodinamica ed legato alla posizione del ricettacolo sul C-17, posto sul dorso della fusoliera (in questo caso particolarmente grossa e imponente) ma sembra riguardare anche l'A-10.

Di fatto la fusoliera finisce con l’alterare il flusso d’aria intorno al velivolo, ma necessariamente anche intorno al boom della cisterna in cui una turbolenza può interessare le due alette applicate ai lati del boom stesso generando eccessivi carichi assiali sull’asta. Siccome quelle due appendici aerodinamiche sono mobili, l'idea è di gestirle opportunamente via software per eliminare il problema.

 

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