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Air Mobility Command OKs Interim Use of KC-46A Boom Refueling Mission Set

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KC-46A Pegasus
KC-46A Pegasus

The KC-46A Pegasus' boom mission set has been declared by Air Mobility Command as ready for interim operations. 

Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of AMC, issued interim capability release approval that allows aircrew to refuel other KC-46, B-52H Stratofortress and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for U.S. Transportation Command, AMC said Friday.

The refueling boom ICR decision comes nearly one month after Van Ovost approved operational use of the Boeing-built military aerial refueling platform's Centerline Drogue System mission set.

“Though a fully-mission capable aircraft is a few years away, releasing capability our KC-46 bases have demonstrated they can safely and effectively support and employ is a large part of how AMC is accelerating the KC-46 on the path to becoming fully operational and combat-ready,” said Brig. Gen. Ryan Samuelson, deputy director of strategy, plans, requirements and programs at AMC.