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Update on problem-plagued Air Force KC-46 headed for OklahomaA report in Aviation Week includes a comprehensive assessment of the problem-plagued KC-46, the next-generation aerial refueler now in development by Boeing and scheduled to be based and maintained in Oklahoma once combat ready. The Pegasus will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base and flight crews for the new plane will train at Altus Air Force new KC-46 Base. Boeing is scheduled to deliver the first planes to Altus in 2017. (newsok.com) More...
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what is so hard about building a 767 tanker? Boeing has built and sold many overseas... It's the damn Air force insisting on everything being platinum plated... and adding and changing items with every whim. The F35 has taken how many years and still can't carry a lot of mature munitions... while our enemies have had time to get ready for it... something is very wrong with our military procurement system... and I'm a strong military supporter
Given the costs of this program that Boeing have had to absorb, sounds like Boeing is having a hard time delivering on the product that Congress wanted and the Air force took, voluntarily or otherwise.
Its the same here in OZ....the military have to tinker with everything...can never buy off the shelf...eventually the purchase costs XXXXX squillion dollars extra, and delivery delays go on for years.
Everyone who built them is either dead or dying. And paper gets thrown out when a program ends (Mgmt always says "it costs too much and besides there are folks here who will remember how to recreate the wheel when the next contract comes arguing in 10 years."). And then there's the mgmt types who think "it's just an engineering problem - any kid with Matlab can solve the problem." Been there, heard that - got the ulcer to prove it.
Osama, oops, Obama!!!
Not particularly a fan of the guy but blaming this on Obama denotes complete ignorance on the subject with all due respect. This project, its design, specs and production plans were born way before Obama even thought to become the POTUS. Help me understand how he can influence the outcome of what a private company delivers? Even if the military (Not Obama) make all the changes they could have done.
He took away the money to give to the Welfare Queens. They Vote!
He hires and fires all the Generals in charge!