The U.S. Air Force took first delivery of its next-generation tanker, the Pratt & Whitney-powered KC-46A Pegasus, at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas on January 25. The current program of record calls for 179 aircraft, which will require 368 of Pratt & Whitney’s reliable and fuel-efficient PW4062 engines.
The PW4062 is a variant of the PW4000 commercial engine family with a track record of proven performance. In service since 1987, the PW4000 has accrued more than 140 million flight hours and is currently in use by nearly 70 operators worldwide. The PW4062 delivers excellent operational flexibility with superior fuel efficiency and reliability, averaging more than 16,000 hours on-wing before a shop visit is required. This translates to lower maintenance costs for the U.S. Air Force.