KC-46A Air Refueling Operator Station Demonstrator visiting McConnell

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Boeing will be bringing their KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Operator Station Demonstrator to base Sept. 28 and 29.

The AROS on the KC-46A will replace the boom pod used in KC-135 Stratotankers and KC-10 Extenders, keeping the boom operator in the front of the aircraft near the rest of the air crew.

Danny Wright, Boeing's Chief Mechanic, will also be hosting an overview briefing on the KC-46A. The AROS demonstrator and briefing will be available to anyone with base access.

"One of Boeing's lead boom operators will be bringing the AROS demonstrator on base to showcase the new capabilities of the KC-46A Tanker Aircraft," said 1st Lt. Timothy Benifield, 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-46 Program Integration Office officer. "The demonstrator will allow people to operate the boom as if they are inside one of the new aircraft."

Some of the features of the AROS include multiple 24 inch displays for a 3D refueling picture, a 185-degree panoramic field-of-view, recordable aerial refueling data and camera system and the automatic recording of offload and receiver data.

The place and time for the AROS demonstrator and the overview briefing are as follows:

AROS demonstrator:
Sept. 28: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bdlg. 840 on the 1st floor.
Sept. 29: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bdlg. 1107

Overview briefing:
Sept. 29: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., base theater
Sept. 30: 9 a.m., base theater