U.S. Air Force Evaluating Proposal to Remove Co-Pilot from Tanker Crews

24th Jul 2022

Officials in the Air Force’s mobility enterprise are considering amending rules to allow just two crew members onboard the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tankers during dangerous missions, raising eyebrows among airmen.

There is a proposal to trim down the number of crews aboard Boeing KC-46 which normally consists of a pilot, co-pilot, and a boom operator.

“The command is currently reassessing minimum flight crew requirements as we explore and validate new tactics, techniques and procedures oriented towards a dynamic, future fight,” Air Mobility Command (AMC) spokesperson Maj. Hope Cronin told Air Force Times.

Accordingly, the command will assess whether or not a pair of aircrews can handle the military aircraft before they sign a waiver.

There are rumours that the Air Force is considering this due to a supposed shortage of pilots but this has been denied by officials.

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