р. Will Ropper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, expressed concern after a visit to the Boeing factory in Everett, where the plane was assembled. A strong situation that will make the most of their company, "said Ropper.
Having discovered the problem, the Air Force stopped accepting the new tankers by Boeing on February 20th. after the company promises a new inspection plan, supplies are resumed after modernized inspections are completed. Six airplanes already received were re-inspected by the Air Force.
"We are doing stricter checks to feel confident before we take any Boeing airplane," Air Force spokesman Ann Stefaniek said, although the discovery of garbage and aircraft tools is not the result of design flaws , or specific safety concerns, Air Force employees have told CNN in private that they are aware that the moment of the problem is extremely sensitive to Boeing after the grounding of the 737 Max Jet
Ropper stresses to the reporters that while the question of the material and the objects ̵
" FOD is really for every person, everyone in the working force, following these procedures and bringing a culture of safety discipline, "said Ropper.
"Culture is something you will not believe, because we have a good month or good two months that culture has returned. I will believe it when I see a month after a month that yes, these practices are now things that are not done just because they have to be done, they are done because the workforce says, "This is the product we deliver to the Air Force" , he adds. on-site aircraft inspections during manufacture, including specific airplane areas, which may be sealed as part of the manufacturing process. "I think I think they will have to have a good team" to carry out the new inspection program, said Ropper.
The KC-46 plays a crucial role in refueling military aircraft around the world.
The issue was first reported by various publications in the defense industry.