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Tinker AFB Team Achieves Depot Maintenance Milestone for Work on KC-46A Tankers

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The U.S. Air Force’s 568th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in Oklahoma has completed maintenance work on 23 KC-46A Pegasus aircraft ahead of schedule, averaging a 35-day turnaround time for each tanker.

The 568th AMXS, a Federal Aviation Administration-designated military repair station for commercial derivative aircraft, completed the depot maintenance milestone over a year after the first KC-46A landed at Tinker Air Force Base in September 2020, the Air Force said Monday.

The achievement also came despite the Boeing 767-based aircraft still being in its initial operational test and evaluation phase, given that most depot maintenance programs start only after a vehicle reaches initial operational capability.

It marks the first year of depot production at Tinker, where a $755 million KC-46A sustainment campus is being built with a planned 14 docks, engine test cell, systems integration laboratory and administration space.