The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have agreed on an October 2018 delivery date for the first KC-46A aerial refueling tanker to the Air Force. The agreement represents the next step in a saga to replace the service’s Eisenhower-era KC-135 tankers that has lasted close to two decades. Just getting to this agreement has been typical of this program—more difficult than anyone thought possible for what might have been a simple retrofit—adding a refueling capability to a ...

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