KC-46 facing transformation
The Department of Defense (DOD) announced on the 24th of February 2011 that the winner of the C-X tanker competition to replace the KC-135 Stratotankers was the Boeing KC- 46. The KC-46 was given the name KC- 46 “Pegasus”. 179 new KC- 46 military aerial tankers will be built for the Air Force from the Boeing 767 jet airliner at an estimated cost of 35 to 51.7 Billion dollars.
Multipurpose tanker KC-46 Pegasus
The Updated KC-46 will be fitted with the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other heavy service military transport aircraft technologies. Turning this tanker into a multipurpose aircraft capable of not only being a flight refuelling tanker, but will also be taking part in cargo transportation, troop evacuation and medevac flights. This magnificent monster should be completed between 2018 and 2020, ready to render its service to the United States Armed Forces, United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.
Pegasus in Greek mythology
In Greek mythology, Pegasus was a winged horse and good flyer. In aviation, Pegasus resembles the usual Boeing design which has its streamlined fuselage swept with wing surfaces. Wings are low-mounted onto the fuselage. KC-46 caters 15 operational personnel which includes the two pilots and the Aerial Refuelling Operator (ARO). There are two main landing gear legs for the undercarriage and these legs are found near the wing roots and under the cockpit where the nose landing gear is to be found. There are three rectangular access doors for both the passengers and crew along the fuselage sides. The Boeing KC-46 maximum takeoff weight is 416,000 lbs (188,240 kg) has a fuel capacity of 212,299 lb (96,297 kg) and a maximum transfer fuel load of 207,672 lb (94,198 kg).
A Saviour lurks in the skies
What makes this aircraft viable is the internal design that can be reconstructed to include cargo space for up to 18 pallets and enough room to prepare medical space, to include beds and operation tables and seating for up to 58 personnel. I am sure it will one day be dearly loved by many of our troops who will maybe, make use of it, for good purposes. It is always great to know that there will always be a monster tanker called the KC-46 Pegasus. Watching over us ready to evacuate troops on the ground, refuel fighter jet and help the injured get back home safely.