Boeing Co said on Monday that the first flight of its fully equipped military aerial refueling tanker would be delayed by about a month after incorrect chemicals were recently put through the plane’s fuel system.
“This issue will extend the projected first flight date by roughly a month beyond the previous plan to fly (the plane) in late August, early September,” Boeing spokesman Chick Ramey said in an email to Reuters.
A “fuel substitute supplied by a vendor had been labeled compliant for a particular military use, when in fact it was not,” he added.
Boeing said the fuel substitute was being used to approximate the weight of actual fuel in the refueling boom.
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