Fortunate USAF Pegasus gets welcome windfalls
On 12 September 2020, Seymour Johnson's 916th Air Refueling Wing inventory doubled with the arrival of two Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers.
The third and fourth 916th ARW KC-46As, with serial numbers 17-46024 and 18-46052, arrived on a wet runway at Seymour Johnson AFB near Goldsboro (NC).
The duplication of these tankers comes very timely. The USAF is ramping up the possibility to refuel aircraft with the troubled KC-46A. On 3 September 2020, the first operational in-air refueling of Seymour Johnson co-based 336th Fighter Squadron "Rocketeers" F-15E Strike Eagles was done by a Pegasus from the 77th Air Refueling Squadron/916th Air Refueling Wing.
On 12 June 2020, Air Force Reserve Command's 916th ARW accepted its first of twelve KC-46A Pegasus aircraft. The following tankers are now flying from Seymour Johnson; 15-46011, 16-46014, 17-46024 and 18-46052.