With what is traditionally a first “piece” for a new airplane, Boeing’s workers loaded the wing spar for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A tanker into jigs at its widebody headquarters in Everett, Wash., on June 26, marking the start of major assembly work that should lead to a first flight a year from now. Boeing is relying on a commercial airframe, a 767-200ER adapted into a specialty 767-2C model, to fulfill the Air Force contract for 179 tankers that are to be built over the next 14 ...

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