Air Force Col. Eric Boe, a senior member of the Civil Air Patrol, took the flight controls for the Endeavor on mission STS-126, launched Nov. 14 on its way to support the International Space Station. It marked Boe’s first space voyage since joining NASA’s astronaut force in 2000. The 1987 Air Force Academy graduate began his flying career at age 16 with a CAP encampment in Georgia. He has flown more than 45 different aircraft in the Air Force, logging more than 4,000 flight hours. (Air Force report; CAP report)
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.