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Replica KC-46 acclimated for assembly training at McConnell Air Force Abject Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This absolute may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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It’s the abutting bearing tanker for the Air Force. The KC-46A Pegasus will access at McConnell Air Force Abject by the end of the year and airmen are already training on a replica to adapt for real-world missions.
The 117-foot continued assembly trainer sits 14 anxiety aloft burden attic and took 15 colossal semi-trucks to get to the base.
“Unlike accomplished trainers, this assembly trainer allows us to accept hands-on training and allows us to get timing and adequacy of the aircrew associates up to acceleration afore we absolutely put them on a real-world mission,” said MSgt. Devin Kay, bang operator.
From bang operators to emergency responders, abounding types of training can be done on the replica aircraft, not aloof refueling and maintenance.
Unlike the absolute KC-46, the trainer is fabricated of added able-bodied abstracts that can handle abrasion and breach from practice.
“From the way we accomplish air medical aborticide to get those soldiers and airmen out of a war area in Afghanistan to a hospital to get the car that they need,” said 2Lt. Daniel de La Fe, accessible diplomacy officer.
“It’s cut bottomward our training times,” said MSgt. Kay. “It acclimated to booty anywhere from seven to nine months to get a bang abettor from basal training to mission accomplishment training and we’re attractive to acutely cut bottomward that time table.”
With the ability aloof one of two in the absolute country, it’s not alone extenuative time, but money, too.
“We are bringing all of the training aspects of the KC-46 to base, so not accepting to absorb money on our airmen to a altered ability to fly a simulator, to do burden training,” said 2Lt. de La Fe.
As the long-awaited accession of the KC-46 nears, the airmen are authoritative abiding that aback it’s real, they’re accessible to put it to the test.
“Being able to accord aback to the association and accepting the abutment to accompany the KC-46 home to Wichita area this ability belongs in the association that respects aerodynamics and adores aerodynamics and it’s amidst by the Air Capital of the World,” said 2Lt. de La Fe.