Pictured above a K-46A Pegasus and an F-15 Strike Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base (Florida) perform aerial refueling tests. The tests were completed as part of KC-46 Phase ll receiver certification, according to statements from Edwards Air Force Base and an unspecified Boeing Company on December 3, 2018.
The KC-46A receiver certification tests were conducted by Edwards Air Force Base, more specifically the 418th Test Squadron. Edwards Air Force Base has almost every aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory, except F-15’s so the Test Squadron received assistance from the 40th Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base who supplied the F-15.
The Air Force’s aerial refueling aircraft fleet is aging. Officials plan to replace older aircraft with the KC-46A Pegasus which boasts a larger refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities. Beyond the Air Force the KC-46A also serves the Navy, Marine Corps, and USA allies.
(Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Jackson)