The first Boeing KC-767A tanker, scheduled for delivery to the Italian air force
in mid-2007, recently completed ground vibration testing at the Boeing
Commercial Airplanes Structural Dynamics Laboratory in Everett, Washington.
While undergoing modification at the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems facility
in Wichita, Kansas, the Global Tanker Team equipped the commercial derivative
airplane with a boom, a Remote Aerial Refueling Operators (RARO II) station,
centerline hose-and-drogue refueling systems and a refueling receptacle.
Over the past several months, Boeing has achieved several flight test program
milestones, including significant progress on ground and in-flight smoke
detection and penetration testing. Flight test crews also have successfully
integrated the RARO II station and the advanced refueling boom.
Since its first flight on May 21, 2005, followed by its international debut at
the 2005 Paris Air Show, the KC-767A has flown nearly 70 flights and logged more
than 250 hours as part of an extensive flight test and aerial refueling
In addition to flight testing the first KC-767A, Boeing and its Global Tanker
Team will transform seven other 767s into tankers at its facilities in Wichita
and the Aeronavali Modification Center near Naples, Italy. Japan will receive
the first of four KC-767s at the end of 2006, and Italy will receive the first
of four tankers in 2007.
The KC-767 Global Tanker is a fuel-efficient, long-range aircraft specifically
sized for diverse air-refueling; cargo, troop and passenger transport; and
aeromedical evacuation missions.
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