The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command will conduct a KC-46 Pilot Selection Board later this fall to choose about 104 pilots for McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, to populate the Air Force’s first two operational KC-46 squadrons.
The new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker is set to bring increased capability to the Air Force tanker fleet as the service’s number of KC-135 Stratotankers decreases and its KC-10 Extenders are phased out over the next 10 years.
The board seeks a broad range of experience and encourages pilots in their first and second flying assignments to apply to fill pilot positions in the 344th and 349th Air Refueling Squadrons and fill select 22nd Air Refueling Wing staff positions.
“We also encourage applicants with experience in non-mobility platforms, such as the RC-135 Rivet Joint, E-3 Sentry and E-8 Joint STARS, to apply,” said Maj. David Kim, Mobility Air Forces assignments chief.
Commanders should nominate appropriate crewmembers who have demonstrated the highest flying skills, knowledge and abilities with diverse levels of aircrew experience.
“The board is looking for the most qualified Airmen to fulfill this critical program,” Kim said. “If time-on-station or date eligible for return from overseas restriction waivers are necessary, AMC/A3 will request them from the Air Force’s Personnel Center.”
Kim said weapons officers are also encouraged to apply, with potential follow-on opportunity, to stand-up the KC-46 Weapons Instructor Course at a future date.
The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner to replace around 100 of KC-135E Stratotankers operated by the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
In February 2011, the tanker was selected by the USAF as the winner in the KC-X tanker competition to replace older KC-135 Stratotankers. The first 18 combat-ready aircraft are expected to be delivered to the Air Force in late 2018 or early 2019.