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Air Force restricts KC-46 from carrying cargo and passengersThere are now four current Category 1 deficiencies, as well as the ongoing problems with FOD found inside brand-new aircraft coming off the line. (www.defensenews.com) More...
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I'm beginning to think the USAF should have been allowed to select the EADS/Northrop-Grumman KC-45 as the replacement for the ancient KC-135. The KC-46 is supposedly more fuel efficient, but is the fuel savings going to be eaten up by delays in fixing serious issues and cost overruns? Boeing used to be the king of commercial airliners and had such a strong presence in our military. Boeing seems to have lost their way and I too am wondering how Boeing will survive their recent string of failures.
Hi Michael Stansfield . In hind sight it seems that Airbus ( A dirty word in a USAF contract ) or your suggestion ,all seems to late . The USAF was excepting , then stopping deliveries and with holding millions until the KC-46 is up to snuff . From FOD Foreign object debris , Garbage , found in delivered aircraft , to A class one failure of an in floor latching system , that i had felt Boeing had mastered a very long time ago , just makes me wonder . But what i wanted to say , is it is to late for Boeing , USAF and Congress to back out . They HAVE to make this tanker work . And if i might mention the remote control re-fueling system is also a can of worms . The KC-46 is a very troubled project . Thanks for your reply Michael . Always nice to hear from others ..........DGR
Penny for your thoughts ........DGR