KC-46 arrival to 97 AMW

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The 97th Air Mobility Wing will accept the KC-46A Pegasus during a delivery ceremony, Feb. 8 on Altus Air Force Base. “The 97th Air Mobility Wing is prepared for the arrival of the KC-46 and is eager to welcome the new aircraft into our already dynamic mission,” said Col. Eric Carney, 97th AMW commander. “Through the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the ‘Mighty 97th’ we are ready to train the KC-46 aircrew, maintenance and support personnel to provide a new era of air refueling capabilities for the joint force.” The Air Force announced in April 2014 that the 97th AMW would be the premier training location for the KC-46. The KC-46 Formal Training Unit stood up in August 2016. The KC-46 brings a capability to receive fuel while airborne and provide refueling on the same trip. The aircraft’s fuel can be pumped through the boom, drogue and wing aerial refueling pods (WARPs), highlighting multi-point aerial refueling. The KC-46 has the capability to carry more than 212,000 pounds of fuel. The aircraft can also accommodate a mixed load of passengers, aeromedical evacuation and cargo capabilities. Depending on fuel storage configuration, the KC-46 can carry a palletized load of up to 65,000 pounds of cargo.The 97th AMW has and will continue to produce combat-capable pilots, loadmasters and boom operators for the KC-135, C-17 and KC-46.Media interested in attending the ceremony must RSVP with the 97th AMW Public Affairs office at 580-481-7700 or 97amw.pa@us.af.mil by 5 pm on February 4.