The first KC-46 has suffered another setback when the wrong chemical was fed through the fuel system during a test. The chemical was mislabeled and
caused corrosion to the auxiliary fuel tanks and boom, which have been removed for inspection.
The same aircraft suffered a ruptured fuel system during a pressure test in recent months. Boeing is still evaluating any potential delay to the first
flight that will result from this latest problem.
They're still evaluating. The aux tanks apparently don't show any damage, but they still have to check the boom, and piping to and from the tanks. It
could be days, it could be months depending on how extensive any damage is.
Hope they can recoup some of the costs for this delay from the vendor that mislabeled the chems.
It looks like they are throwing some serious weight behind the efforts into keeping the program on schedule. If Fancher's taking charge we'll see if
getting the KC-46 back on track will be harder than getting the 787 back in line when it fell 2 years behind.
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