PRODUCTION BOOM: Boeing’s KC-46A refueler program continues to move forward with the commencement of boom assembly at Boeing Field in Seattle this week. Boom assembly was originally slated for Boeing’s Wichita facility (where previous boom work was handled) until the company announced plans early this year to close that plant. The design is based on the KC-10 boom but incorporates fly-by-wire technology and allows for a wider envelope than its predecessor. The first boom will enter testing ...

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