Pegasus’ McChord Test Hoard

The 412th Test Wing from Edwards AFB, Calif., has deployed a large detachment to JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., to support the first stage of KC-46 Pegasus developmental testing. “We basically set up a composite wing and a focal point to coordinate all the operations in support of the KC-46” over the next 15 months, 412th TW project manager Tim O’Hearn said in a release. “We have six different airframes,” including F-16s, F-15Es, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, and C-17s that will act as receiver, chase, and test support aircraft, he added. Two F-16s and nine maintainers are already at McChord and ?supported the KC-46’s first flight late last month, and approximately 120 personnel from Edwards and elsewhere will rotate through, directly supporting KC-46 testing. “It’s a pretty big footprint,” said O’Hearn. Aircraft at McChord are supporting the 418th Test Squadron, Det. 1 in Seattle, tasked with KC-46 testing. The detachment will remain at McChord until the first two KC-46s move to Edwards for continued trials toward the end of 2016.