The Boeing KC-767A successfully extends and
retracts the left and right Wing Aerial
Refueling Pod hoses during a test flight over
Kansas on 4/12/07.
4/19/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- The Boeing KC-767A Tanker
reached another significant test milestone April 12
when its aircrew successfully extended and retracted
the left and right Wing Aerial Refueling Pod (WARP)
hoses for the first time.
The flight marks the beginning of a series of
in-flight tests --at various speeds and altitudes
--that will demonstrate the hose's stability and
result in using the WARP hoses to offload fuel to
"Extending both WARP hoses is a significant step
forward not just for our air force, but for other
nations that use hose and drogue refueling," said Lt.
Col. Roberto Poni, Italian Air Force on-site liaison.
"The Italian KC-767 will provide an unmatched
multi-point air refueling capability for many years to
When using the WARPs, the tanker aircraft trails from
either wing a hose with a drogue (basket) attached to
the end. The receiver aircraft uses a probe to connect
to the basket and take on valuable fuel, allowing its
aircrew to complete their mission. When fully
functional, each WARP can simultaneously refuel
multiple aircraft and offload 400 gallons of fuel per
"Now that we transferred fuel through our
fifth-generation boom, extended and retracted our Hose
Drum Unit and demonstrated our WARP capability, it's
quite clear that we can deliver a proven, lowest-risk
solution for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation
tanker," said Ron Marcotte, vice president and general
manager of Boeing Global Mobility Systems. "These
highly advanced refueling systems, created by Smiths
Aerospace, are flying today and will be key components
on the KC-767 Advanced Tanker."
Source: Boeing Press Release