The second KC-767 for the Japan Air
Self-Defense Force makes its first flight from
Wichita, KS 11/18/07
Photo: Ted Whiteside
11/29/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- A Boeing aircrew completed
the first flight of the second KC-767 for Japan Nov.
18 following an extensive modification that
transformed it from a commercial airplane to a
The new tanker lifted off from McConnell Air Force
Base, Wichita, Kan., adjacent to the Boeing Integrated
Defense Systems Wichita facility, and logged a
two-hour and 41 minute flight before returning safely.
It will be one of two KC-767s delivered to Japan in
the first quarter of 2008.
"Completing our modification and first flight for
Japan #2 is significant because we now have three
international KC-767 tankers in flight at the same
time," said Cliff Hall, director, Boeing International
Tanker Programs. "This additional asset helps us
reduce risk in our schedule and provides a clear path
to meet our delivery commitments for 2008."
In addition to the first flight milestone, Boeing
recently flight tested a newly designed pylon that
attaches the Wing Air Refueling Pod (WARP) to each
Italian KC-767 tanker wing. The company also completed
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification
testing for the KC-767 mission control system.
In the months ahead, Boeing will transfer fuel to a
receiver aircraft using the Italian KC-767 WARP and
centerline Hose Drum Unit (HDU) refueling systems,
accomplish night refueling on the Japan tanker using
the fifth-generation boom with upgraded software and
complete any remaining FAA certifications.
Since the beginning of 2007, the company has
demonstrated its advanced refueling technology by
transferring fuel through its boom to multiple
receiver aircraft, and extending and retracting
refueling hoses from the WARP and HDU.
Boeing has built nearly 2,000 tankers in its history
and is under contract to build four KC-767s for Japan.
Boeing also is building four KC-767s for Italy with
delivery of the first two tankers in the second
quarter of 2008. To date, Boeing has logged more than
320 flights accumulating more than 900 flight hours on
In addition to flight-testing the KC-767 for
international customers, Boeing is offering the KC-767
Advanced Tanker for the U.S. Air Force's KC-X Tanker
Source: Boeing Press Release