Forty-two officers and enlisted members from active duty Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard have been selected as KC-46 tanker initial operational test and evaluation aircrew, Air Force Personnel Center officials said March 17.
The KC-46 Pegasus is slated to enter the Air Force inventory, pending the results of operational test and evaluation, in 2016. Developed by Boeing in Mukilteo, Washington, the aircraft will replace the KC-135 Stratotanker, which has been actively employed since 1956.
Test and evaluation aircrew will evaluate the tankers capabilities under all circumstances and situations to ensure that it meets all operational mission requirements, said Maj. Broc Starrett, AFPC Mobility Air Forces rated assignments.
This is a significant milestone in the careers of the pilots and boom operators selected to test the new tanker, said Starrett. Airmen selected for test and evaluation positions must be the best in their field, so selection for the program is very competitive. These Total Force Airmen will have significant impact on the future of the Air Force mobility mission.
To see the selection list and for information about other personnel issues, go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil. Select search all components from the drop down menu and enter KC-46 Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) Aircrew Selection Board Results in the search window.