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McCain sees potential trouble ahead for Boeing KC-46 tanker

U.S. Sen. John McCain criticized the Air Force's handling of the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker development program, which Boeing is building in Everett for the military.The longtime Republican senator from Arizona put his criticism in a letter last week to Defense Secretary...

Date: 09/02/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Flying Fortress at Paine Field

B-17 flight brings back memories for Arlington's Art Unruh

Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News


Boeing says KC-46 tanker’s first flight further delayed

EVERETT — Boeing’s new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus, won’t fly until late September or early October following a chemical mix-up last month that damaged the plane’s fuel system, a company spokesman said Monday.

Date: 08/17/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Big fallout for Boeing in huge bomber deal

WASHINGTON — In a few weeks, the Pentagon will announce the companies picked to develop America's next bomber jet, sparking a budget war that will last for years and reshape the defense industry, experts say.The Long Range Strike Bomber, which will probably be called...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Business Wire


Boeing digging deep for tanker overruns

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is digging deeper into its wallet to cover cost overruns for designing and developing the U.S. Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46 Pegasus.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News


Boeing loses $1.3B tanker deal to Airbus

The Boeing Co.'s KC-46 Pegasus tanker was shut out again Tuesday, this time by South Korea. That makes the aerial refueling tanker 0-for-6 competing for foreign military contracts.Boeing has lost every one of those deals to its rival, Airbus Group's A-330 Multi Role Tanker...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Boeing KC-46 tanker program test plane takes off with boom attached

A test plane from Boeing's new aerial refueling tanker program took off from Boeing Field International in Seattle fitted with a refueling boom Tuesday afternoon. The plane is not the final KC-46 model that Boeing is under contract to deliver to the U.S. Air Force in 2017.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Boeing’s KC-46 program resumes flight tests

Boeing's new aerial refueling tanker program is back in the air. The program's first test plane, EMD1, flew for 4.5 hours Thursday out of Boeing Field International in Seattle. Prior to that,

Date: 05/29/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Secret Boeing space plane lifts off

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A mysterious Boeing space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments.The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Nation & World


GAO: Boeing shortens tanker test-flight program

EVERETT — Production problems have significantly shrunk Boeing’s test-flight program for the new Everett-built aerial-refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force, according to a federal oversight report.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Business


Boeing delivers 184 jets in first quarter of 2015

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. delivered 184 commercial airplanes in the first three months of 2015, the company said in a news release Friday.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Business


Report: Suppliers, software problems contribute to USAF tanker delays

EVERETT — Problems with suppliers and software integration have contributed to the latest delays to the development schedule for the U.S. Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, according to a report by federal auditors.

Date: 03/19/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Report: Boeing’s KC-46 might not fly until summer

EVERETT — So, first flight of the Boeing Co.’s KC-46 appears to just keep getting pushed further out.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Flight of first Air Force tanker delayed again, sources say

EVERETT — The U.S. Air Force will have to wait a little longer for first flight of a new aerial-refueling tanker, which the Boeing Co. is developing at the Paine Field plant.

Date: 03/17/2015 | Business


Boeing 747-8 to serve as next Air Force One

WASHINGTON — In a surprise announcement, the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said it has chosen Boeing's Everett-built 747-8 to replace two aging 747-200s that serve as Air Force One. The decision does not involve a competitive bidding process."The Boeing 747-8 is...

Date: 01/28/2015 | Business


Test plane takes first flight for Boeing tanker program

Boeing's aerial-refueling tanker program moved ahead Sunday morning. The test flight marks the beginning of a fast-paced flight testing schedule with little margin for delays or other problems.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Business


Iran turns Boeing drone into suicide weapon

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army's chief commander of ground...

Date: 12/27/2014 | Nation & World


Odds and ends: Boeing’s KC-46 tanker

EVERETT — Space and time limited what I could put into my story on the KC-46 aerial-refueling tanker program update, so here are some odds and ends that I had...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Aerospace Blog


Boeing KC-46 tanker to fly Dec. 27 or 28, Air Force says

EVERETT — Boeing workers and engineers are hustling to get the first test plane of the company’s aerial-refueling tanker program in the air later this month.

Date: 12/15/2014 | Business


Bullet repairs tell the story of this Tomahawk

A bullet punched through the oil tank is what most likely brought down the FHC’s Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk in 1942. But that certainly wasn’t the only lead thrown at this veteran fighter...

Date: 11/06/2014 | Flight Paths


Lockheed will get $4.5 billion F-35 contract

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin Corp.'s latest contract for 43 F-35 fighters has a value of about $4.55 billion, with prospects for a deal for as many as 153 more aircraft about a year from now, according to the Pentagon.The Defense Department and officials from Lockheed,...

Date: 11/01/2014 | Business Wire


A little device with a big role on planes

The R-2800 engines seen in the Flying Heritage Collection's Hellcat and P-47 have a particularly noticeable device perched on the top of their nose case. The complex little component is a propeller governor.

Date: 10/29/2014 | Flight Paths


Boeing plays catch-up on Air Force tanker work

EVERETT — Boeing workers are hustling to get the first test plane for its aerial-refueling tanker program into the air sometime in the second half of November — about five months later than the company had planned.Boeing is testing wiring it had to remove from...

Date: 10/08/2014 | Business




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