USAF’s total force airmen to train KC-46 Pegasus pilots

17 May 2016 (Last Updated May 17th, 2016 18:30)

The US Air Force's (USAF) Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard have selected a team of airmen to take part in initial operations test and evaluation (IOTE) for KC-46 Pegasus, which will arrive at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.

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The US Air Force's (USAF) Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard have selected a team of airmen to take part in initial operations test and evaluation (IOTE) for KC-46 Pegasus, which will arrive at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.

931st Air Refueling Wing's (ARW) KC-46 Program Integration Office reserve operations chief Major Christopher Markley said: "Since McConnell is the only base that has receptacle equipped KC-135 (Stratotankers), known as R/T or receiver / tanker, we are in the unique position to perform the training before crews depart for Boeing-led training in Miami and Seattle."

The 931st ARW is working alongside the 22nd ARW to build a training programme that will allow the crewmembers to take part in the IOTE, to become receiver pilots.

"Cooperation with the 22nd Operations Group training shop has allowed us to successfully train all of our required crewmembers without impacting mission effectiveness on the active-duty assets."

The IOTE crewmembers will be trained in receiver air refuelling as each KC-46 will be equipped to receive fuel in flight.

Markley further added: "Cooperation with the 22nd Operations Group training shop has allowed us to successfully train all of our required crewmembers without impacting mission effectiveness on the active-duty assets."

Developed by Boeing, KC-46 Pegasus has been designed to detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats using multiple layers of protection, which will enable it to operate safely in medium-threat environments.

The widebody, multirole tanker can refuel all US allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refuelling procedures, Boeing said in a statement.


Image: A KC-135 Stratotanker receives fuel from another KC-135, above the ocean. Photo: courtesy of Air Mobility Command.