10 juillet 2024 | International, Aérospatial

McConnell-based KC-46 completes round-the-world flight in 45 hours

A KC-46A tanker from McConnell AFB completed a record round-the-globe sortie in 45 hours, a mission that saw multiple aerial refuelings — and a birthday.


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