KC-767 Completes Vibration Testing

Released on Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Boeing 767-200ER
RARO - Remote Aerial Refueling Operator
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 certification program.

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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