Flight International's cover story this week looks at how the US Air Force is cranking up the pressure on Boeing to deliver on its KC-46 promises. The manufacturer, of course, pipped its European rival EADS to the 179-aircraft tanker contest, but has been warned by air force chiefs that the service could walk away from the contract if guarantees are not kept. Dave Majumdar looks at what Boeing must do to deliver.
Elsewhere in our military tanker special, Craig Hoyle has an update on the UK's Airbus A330-based tanker/transport, being supplied by contractor AirTanker. And David Learmount examines the legacy of one of the aircraft it will replace, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar trijet, the US manufacturer's last and ultimately unsuccessful civil programme.
Also in the issue: how rising costs on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could force Norway out, why Cirrus's new Chinese owners are promising to back its SF50 personal jet, and the tired co-pilot who mistook the planet Venus for an oncoming jet, prompting a major flight upset on an Air Canada 767-300.