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Boeing Tanker to Miss Delivery Date, Air Force Secretary Says

  • Service secretary says she’s not angered by the latest delay
  • Wilson also discusses hurricane damage, F-35s, AI’s future
KC-46 aerial refueling tanker refuels an A-10
KC-46 aerial refueling tanker refuels an A-10Photographer: John D. Parker/Boeing via U.S. Air Force
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Boeing Co. won’t deliver its first KC-46 aerial refueling tanker by month’s end as it had agreed, according to U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, the latest in a procession of missed deadlines since the company won the contract in 2011.

Air Force officials are meeting with the planemaker Wednesday “to try to lay down the path forward for delivery and to make sure the deficiencies that have been identified are taken care of in a way that brings that aircraft in as promised,” Wilson told editors and reporters in a roundtable at Bloomberg headquarters in New York.