After struggling for years late and absorbing billions of dollars in cost overruns, Boeing said the US Air Force had accepted the first of what should be hundreds of KC-46 tankers.

The Air Force stated that the aircraft still had problems with a remote camera system meant to show the flight crew how the refueling process was going. But it was agreed that Boeing addresses these issues after delivery.

Boeing and the Air Force said delivery of milestones at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, could take place by the end of January.

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Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said, "This is a historic and exciting day for the Air Force and Boeing."

The KC-46 aircraft are based on the Boeing 767 commercial jet aircraft cell and are built at the Boeing plant in Everett, Wash.

Pentagon officials paved the way for the first delivery today after approving DD250 documents for aircraft acceptance. Boeing had hoped to make its first delivery by the end of 2018, but did not follow this schedule.

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"The Air Force has put in place mechanisms to ensure Boeing meets its contractual obligations while continuing initial operational testing and assessment," the statement said.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, former Boeing executive, was not involved in the decision to accept due to conflict of interest rules.

Boeing is under contract for 52 of the 179 oil tankers expected from the Air Force. The first four aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to McConnell Air Base and the next four will be delivered to Oltus Air Base in Oklahoma starting next month.

In addition to the tanker accepted today, nine more aircraft are being tested for validation by customers, Boeing said. The other contracted aircraft are in production.

The Air Force began the procurement process to replace its oldest KC-135 Stratotankers in 2001. After a decade of controversy, Boeing was rewarded with the Air Force's decision to build the first tanker in 2011. However, this contract has limited the costs of four leading tankers to $ 4.9 billion. Boeing had to absorb all costs above this amount.

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"We remain very confident in the long-term value of this franchise, a program that will include a production cycle measured on hundreds of aircraft and decades of monitoring and training," he said.

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