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  1. Boeing’s KC-46 Pegasus Can Already Refuel 22 Different Aircraft

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    Aerospace Manufacturing manufactures a specialized NAS9921 fastener for the KC-46 Pegasus tanker, the USAF’s next-generation military aerial refueling aircraft that is replacing an aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. 

    The USAF has been putting the KC-46 through comprehensive testing at Edwards Air Force Base in California to certify aerial refueling between the tanker and no fewer than 22 different kinds of aircraft, including, significantly, the largest aircraft in the USAF’s inventory, the C-5M Super Galaxy.

    The Super Galaxy is huge. With five sets of landing gear, 28 wheels and a load capacity of 281,001 pounds, it can carry two M1 Abrams tanks, or six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, or 15 Humvees — you get the idea. 

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    Fully loaded, the C-5M Super Galaxy can fly 2,150 nautical miles, unload, and fly to a second base 500 nautical miles away. That’s without aerial refueling from the KC-46. With aerial refueling, its range will only be limited by the crew’s endurance. 

    Maj. Drew Bateman, a C-5M pilot and the chief of the 22nd Airlift Squadron’s standardization and evaluation command, said of the April 29 sortie, when the KC-46 and the C-5M first made contact in the skies above Edwards, “That was awesome to be a part of. You have a few pinch me moments in life and this was one of them for me.”

    To refuel the Super Galaxy, boom operators rely on a series of cameras that project a 3-D image onto a screen, which the operators use to position the aircraft. Once Boeing and the USAF complete the testing phase, the next step is to obtain all operational clearances needed to pair the KC-46s and C-5M on missions.

    Stay tuned!

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  2. The Biggest Aerospace Deals from the Paris Air Show

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    The Paris Air Show is the largest event of its kind. It’s the place to see the most beautiful aircraft and the newest, most high-tech innovations in the industry. But it’s also where the biggest aerospace deals in the world get done.

    Here are the most important industry developments from PAS 2019.


    Things started slowly for Boeing, which made its first sale since March —  twenty 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners — to Korean Air on the second day of the Paris Air Show. 

    Boeing’s big moment came when IAG, owner of British Airways, agreed to buy 200 737 Max planes, likely at a discount due to its current safety concerns. 

    Other deals included: 

    – China Airlines and Qatar Airways each bought several 777 freighter models

    – GECAS placed an order for ten 737-800 converted freighters 

    – Air Lease Corporation committed to purchase 5 wide body 787 Dreamliners


    To kick of the show, Airbus announced the launch of the A321XLR, a widely anticipated single-aisle plane that will allow airlines to serve long distances between smaller cities. 

    Airbus sold 27 XLRs to Air Lease Corporation, 50 to American Airlines and 32 to Indigo Partners, as well as smaller orders to four smaller airliners.

    With the 14 wide-body A330neos sold to Virgin Atlantic, Airbus cashed in for an estimated $35 billion in total sales. 


    Brazilian firm Embraer reached a deal with Dutch airline KLM to sell 15 of its E195 E2 regional jets. KLM will use the plans on its sister airline KLM Cityhopper, and has the option to buy 20 more jets. 

    Embraer cleaned up quite nicely at the Paris Air Show, taking orders for 78 planes worth $4.6 billion. 

    Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation 

    Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation revealed that it was in talks with an unnamed U.S. airline over the sale of its SpaceJet M100, a narrow-body regional jet that will be ready for market in 2023.

    As a smaller, U.S. clause compliant version of Mitsubishi’s MRJ90 regional jet, the M100 is tailored specifically for the U.S. market and designed to help Mitsubishi compete with Embraer as the dominant supplier to regional airlines like JetBlue and SkyWest.

    The SpaceJet M100 cabin — which comes in a 65-76 seat, three-class cabin configuration or with 88 seats in a single class — was presented on the exhibition floor at the Paris Air Show. 

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