Air Force dubs KC-46A tanker ‘Pegasus’

The KC-46A aerial refueling tanker finally has an official name: Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III announced the name Thursday at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla.

Pegasus’ role in helping others is why the Air Force picked the name for the new tanker, according to a statement from Boeing.

The KC-46A is slated to perform multiple roles — air refueling and transporting patients, passengers and cargo. The plane is derived from Boeing’s 767 jetliner and is being built in Everett.

Welsh called Pegasus a “proud name,” said Jerry Drelling, a Boeing spokesman who attended the symposium.

The mythical creature helped the Greek hero Bellerophon slay the mighty monster Chimera and brought lightning to Zeus from Mount Olympus.

The program’s four test planes are in various stages of production, and test flights are slated to begin this summer, mostly at Boeing Field in Seattle.

The Air Force has ordered 179 KC-46A tankers from the Chicago-based company, which has to deliver the first 18 combat-ready planes by 2017. Deliveries will continue through 2027.

The Air Force is expected to decide early in the next to decade whether to order more KC-46As or another plane as it continues overhauling the tanker fleet, which currently consists largely of planes 30 to 50 years old.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dcatchpole.

More in Herald Business Journal

Peoples, HomeStreet banks bump lowest salaries after tax cut

The banks with Snohomish County branches will raise minimum salaries for employees to $15 an hour.

Electroimpact cuts Mukilteo staff by 9 percent

“What we’re missing now is a monster anchor project,” the company’s VP said.

Exotic animals find compassionate care in Bothell (video)

At the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, vets treat snakes, hedgehogs and even kangaroos.

How can you tell if you are getting good financial advice?

Assume that it’s still the same buyer-beware market that has always existed.

Amanda Strong (left) tries on an Angel of the Winds Arena hat as she and Courtney Brown hand out gift bags after the renaming ceremony Dec. 13 in Everett. The new name replaces the Xfinity name. (Andy Bronson / Her file)
Angel of the Winds to break ground on $60M casino expansion

“We think we’re on the cusp of becoming a major resort.”

In this Dec. 20, 2017, photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Amazon’s potential HQ2 sites leaves many cities disappointed

And yet, some municipal leaders are looking at the bright side of being rejected.

How do you retrieve an errant Boeing 737 from a muddy slope?

Turkish authorities used cranes to lift a plane that skidded off a runway.

Don’t take economic forecasts to the bank — or the casino

Air travel delays could spur a rebirth of passenger rail service.

Emirates orders 20 more Airbus A380 jumbos, saving program

The Dubai carrier also has options to buy 16 more. The program seems safe until 2029.

Most Read