The US Air Force has accepted the first KC-46A Pegasus tanker from Boeing, after the company agreed to fix certain issues.
This is a major milestone for the next generation tanker and will allow Airmen to begin operational testing and flight training.
The US Air Force has identified, and Boeing has agreed to fix at its expense, deficiencies discovered in developmental testing of the remote vision system. One well known issue was a remote vision system in the cockpit slightly distorting the view of aircraft receiving fuel when the Sun creates glare or shadows.
The US Air Force say it has mechanisms in place to ensure Boeing meets its contractual obligations while initial operational testing and evaluation continues.
The tanker was selected by the United States Air Force as the winner in the KC-X tanker competition to replace older KC-135 Stratotankers. The first aircraft was originally to be delivered during August 2017.