Watch The Boom On Boeing's Troubled KC-46 Tanker Smack Into An F-15E
The KC-46 has a number of issues with its refueling boom including requiring more force to connect with receiver aircraft than its predecessors
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January 6, 2020 - by TYLER ROGOWAY for thedrive.com
The KC-46 Pegasus tanker program has been a bewildering boondoggle.
Now the Air Force says it will be years before it is fully operational as a host of critical design deficiencies continue to plague the program.
Testing showed that some of these issues can have adverse impacts on the thirsty aircraft refueling from the KC-46. These include battering the receiving aircraft itself and scraping its skin with the boom.
Although we don't know when the video below was shot or the exact situation surrounding beyond that the aircraft shown is a test F-15E, it depicts a tense incident in which a KC-46 boom appears to slip off the Strike Eagle's refueling receptacle, with its control surfaces subsequently banging into the fighter's canopy.
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