Boeing iniciou a montagem do segundo KC-46A Tanker

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

Ontem a fabricante de aviões americana anunciou que durante essa semana começou a montar o segundo Boeing KC-46A Tanker, a nova aeronave de reabastecimento irá substituir o Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

The Boeing KC-46 Tanker demonstrates its ability to simultaneously refuel two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft from the wing air refueling pods.

Boeing KC-46A Tanker demonstra sua capacidade de simultaneamente reabastecer dois F/A-18 Super Hornet. (Imagem meramente ilustrativa)

A primeira unidade que iniciou a montagem em Junho deste ano está com previsão para sair da fábrica em Janeiro do próximo ano, enquanto a segunda em Março. A fabricante planeja realizar o primeiro voo para o início de 2015 e a primeira entrega para 2016, fora a conclusão de montagem de quatro aeronaves até Julho de 2014.

A Boeing KC-46 Tanker prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight.

Boeing KC-46A se prepara para reabastecer um B-1B. (Imagem meramente ilustrativa)

O KC-46A é baseado no Boeing 767, um avião comercial que provém de uma estrutura tanto para transporte de passageiros, cargas e combustível. A empresa já entregou mais de 1,050 Boeing 767 para o mundo todo.

Fonte: Assessoria de Imprensa da Boeing.

Créditos as fotos: Boeing.

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Boeing Begins Assembling 2nd KC-46A Tanker Aircraft

Boeing officially began assembling the second KC-46A Tanker this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker.

The Boeing KC-46 Tanker demonstrates its ability to simultaneously refuel two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft from the wing air refueling pods.

The Boeing KC-46A Tanker demonstrates its ability to simultaneously refuel two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft from the wing air refueling pods. (Image for illustrative purposes only)

The first test aircraft is expected to roll out of the factory in January 2014, while the second is scheduled to leave the factory in March. Boeing plans to fly the fully provisioned tanker for the first time in early 2015 and make the first delivery in 2016. The company expects to build and deliver the first 18 KC-46As by 2017 and a total of 179 by 2027 if all options under the contract are exercised.

A Boeing KC-46 Tanker prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight.

A Boeing KC-46A Tanker prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight. (Image for illustrative purposes only)

The KC-46A is based on the Boeing 767 commercial jetliner, a proven airframe in service as an airliner, freighter and tanker. Boeing has delivered more than 1,050 767s worldwide.

Source: Boeing Press.

Credits to the photos: Boeing.

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