First KC-46A Pegasus arrives for combat training
The U.S. Aur Force has announced that the first KC‐46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft arrived at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma for combat training.
Accordint to statement, the 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron and Air Force leaders accepted the newest aerial refueling aircraft, the KC‐46A Pegasus, during a historic arrival celebration Feb. 8.
Gen. David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, spoke at the unveiling ceremony about the future of the force.
“As the 21st Chief of Staff, I believe I have one obligation that I consider a sacred duty,” Goldfein said. “We must ensure that every Airman we send into harm’s way is properly organized, trained, equipped and well-led. Today is about fulfilling a part of this obligation. Today we equip our Airmen at Altus, and put in their hands the finest tanker on the planet.”
AETC Commander, Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, highlighted the importance and impact of training future aviators.
“We have taught these Airmen to be competitors,” Kwast said. “If they do what I know they are capable of doing, you might find that this machine, coupled with the team of Airmen who know how to use it, becomes one of the most powerful tools of air superiority in the 21st century.”
Total force Airmen at Altus AFB will put the KC-46 through its paces in the Combat Mobility and Expeditionary Training Center of Excellence, where more than 2,000 airlift and aerial refueling aircrew members train annually.
One Citizen Airman, Tech. Sgt. Michael Fagan, a 730th AMTS instructor boom operator and veteran of 15 years, watched intently as the KC-46 rolled up to the hangar. Fagan qualified more than 50 students in the KC-135R Stratotanker before he was selected to be one of the initial cadre members for the KC-46 flight training unit. …read more
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