Quantcast

New military Boeing 767 plane practices on Billings Logan runway - KTVQ.com | Q2 | Continuous News Coverage | Billings, MT

New military Boeing 767 plane practices on Billings Logan runway

Posted: Updated:
The mighty jet is used as an aerial fueling tanker. The mighty jet is used as an aerial fueling tanker.
BILLINGS -

Cue the "it's a bird, it's a plane, it's..." line. 

While it was no Superman, the 767 Boeing you may have seen over the Billings skies does come with a hefty price tag.

The Cadet-grey plane was a KC-46 Pegasus, military built 767, built at the Boeing factory in Everett, Wash.

Billings Logan International Airport officials confirmed the military plane is in its experimental stage and was running tests Wednesday afternoon.

Boeing has reportedly spent roughly $6.4 billion to complete 18 combat-ready planes to the military by August 2017, according to an article by the HeraldNet.

"The Air Force plans to order a total of 179 tankers to be delivered by 2027, a contract worth an estimated $48.9 billion. The airplanes will replace the oldest KC-135 Stratotankers, which entered service in 1957," Dan Catchpole wrote.

Since the plane is in its developmental stage, Billings Logan International provides an ideal testing ground with its nearly two mile, sloping runway.

The Pegasus completed several takeoffs and landings throughout the afternoon.

Officials with the airport said some days of military plane practice generates interest among residents, while others will go quietly under the radar, so to speak.

It's likely more tests will occur as the Pegasus program continues development.

Top Trending Videos

WEATHER
Powered by Frankly

© KTVQ.com 2017, KTVQ.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?