The first Boeing KC-767 (N767TT) for the
Italian AF transfers fuel for the first time
to B-52H #60-0036 from the 419th FLTS over
Edwards AFB, CA 3/8/07
Photo: USAF / Jet Fabara
3/8/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- A Boeing KC-767 Tanker made
history March 5 when it successfully extended its
fifth generation, fly-by-wire air refueling boom and
transferred fuel for the first time to another
During a four-hour flight over Southern California,
the KC-767 aircrew connected the new tanker's boom to
a B-52 73 times and successfully offloaded
approximately 10,000 lbs. of fuel to the receiver.
"This is a critical step forward for our KC-767
Tanker," said Lt. Col. Roberto Poni, Italian Air Force
Tanker program liaison. "We're looking forward to
refueling a variety of receivers and testing the
The advanced boom builds on the aerodynamic shape and
size of previous systems and can transfer 900 gallons
(3,400 liters) of fuel per minute, and provides more
precise and responsive controls to the operator. With
2,600 fewer parts than previous booms, it also is
easier to maintain.
"This is a huge accomplishment for our two
international customers as well as future air forces
that need to replace their tanker fleets," said Mark
McGraw, vice president, Boeing Tanker Programs.
"Rather than taking a risk on an unproven technology,
they can take advantage of years of hard work and
flight test experience and receive the world's most
advanced boom technology today."
Boeing has produced nearly 2,000 tankers in its
history and currently is building four KC-767 tankers
each for Italy and Japan. The first KC-767 for Japan,
which recently deployed its boom for the first time,
is scheduled to be delivered soon, and the first
KC-767 for Italy will delivered later this year. There
have been more than 239 flights and 721 hours logged
on the KC-767 during its flight test program.
In addition to flight-testing the KC-767 for
international customers, Boeing announced Feb. 12 that
it will offer the KC-767 Advanced Tanker for the U.S.
Air Force's KC-X Tanker competition.
Source: Boeing Press Release