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KC-46 delivery slips

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posted on Jan, 11 2019 @ 05:37 PM
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. I know this because Boeing is a contributor to my think tank, ...




I focus on the strategic, economic and business implications of defense spending as the Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit Lexington Institute... The Lexington Institute receives funding from many of the nation’s leading defense contractors, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and United Technologies...



Well, okay then, Loren.




posted on Jan, 11 2019 @ 05:41 PM
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The current arrangement is that the Air Force pays for the boom redesign, because apparently they didn't turn over all the required data on the A-10, but the RVS is all out of Boeing's pocket.



posted on Jan, 23 2019 @ 07:12 PM
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The first aircraft will arrive at McConnell Friday for a delivery ceremony. The schedule of 18 aircraft and 9 refueling pods will almost certainly not be met however.

dsm.forecastinternational.com...



posted on Jan, 24 2019 @ 03:22 PM
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The formal delivery ceremony is being webcast now from Everett, WA.



posted on Jan, 25 2019 @ 12:18 PM
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15-46009 (56009) and 17-46031 (76031) departed Everett this morning in the company of KC-135 63-8883 for McConnell. There is a formal ceremony scheduled there this afternoon.

They have a sense of humor going. They flew as MDUSA01.
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posted on Jan, 25 2019 @ 12:52 PM
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posted on Jan, 31 2019 @ 11:46 AM
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Boom redesign coming.

www.janes.com...



posted on Jan, 31 2019 @ 12:19 PM
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Supposedly it's not going to need a major redesign, but we'll see.



posted on Jan, 31 2019 @ 02:50 PM
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Medusa03 is inbound to McConnell.



posted on Feb, 28 2019 @ 08:39 PM
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The KC-46s began flying again today after being grounded for a week. Eight aircraft still at Boeing and two delivered to the Air Force were found with loose tools and other FOD inside the aircraft.

www.seattletimes.com...



posted on Feb, 28 2019 @ 09:01 PM
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I shouldn't laugh, but still chuckled. Who is working on the line on Seattle? Are they all drunk? Sleep-deprived from trying to get them delivered before they miss other deadlines?



posted on Feb, 28 2019 @ 09:43 PM
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The Air Force and DCMA have given Boeing 13 things to fix. They flew the next two aircraft on the delivery schedule, and are discussing delivery of future aircraft.

If you don't laugh you'll cry.
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posted on Feb, 28 2019 @ 09:45 PM
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I couldn't decide if I should laugh or facepalm when I read that.



posted on Mar, 1 2019 @ 01:04 PM
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Reminded me of this story.



posted on Mar, 1 2019 @ 01:14 PM
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...... I got nothing.

I had to laugh with the KC-46, because it was serious enough that Boeing declared a Level 3 situation (4 shuts the plant down), but the Air Force and DCMA both just seemed to blow it off as no big deal.

Deliveries are officially suspended.
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posted on Mar, 1 2019 @ 01:26 PM
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The paint scraper was a mission kill. Had to rtb to get into dry dock.


At least they found these before it jammed or shorted an actuator or some in flight. But when you've got ten aircraft with junk lying around inside, I've got to wonder about what's going on at the plant!

We had a single idiot cost us millions by doing some extraordinarily stupid things at one company. Training had apparently made no impression on him. Probably worse than this story, because it was mind-numbing.



posted on Mar, 1 2019 @ 01:43 PM
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The Depot used to be notorious for leaving things in jets, including vent plugs in fuel tanks. Makes me wonder how many of these workers came from there. Heh.

Something's got to be going on at that plant for that many aircraft to slip through. It'll be interesting to see what it is.



posted on Apr, 2 2019 @ 12:57 PM
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breakingdefense.com...

Deliveries halted again.



posted on Apr, 10 2019 @ 04:18 PM
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Deliveries are set to resume in the coming weeks. They're expected to deliver two new aircraft next Friday. The seven delivered aircraft will have to return to Boeing for inspections. A schedule is being worked out to minimize disruption.

www.airforcemag.com...



posted on May, 11 2019 @ 05:38 PM
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A McConnell based KC-46, flying with a KC-10, offloaded 30,000 pounds of fuel into 8 F-16s flying as part of Northern Edge 19 in Alaska. It's the first operational offload for the tanker.




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