Sun, Mar 09, 2008
Boeing Delivers 2nd KC-767 Tanker to Japan
Despite the setback loss of the USAF
tanker program to Northrop-Grumman/EADS, Boeing IS building
tankers... most recently, for Japan. Boeing delivered the second
Japan KC-767 Tanker to the Itochu Corp. for Japan's Air
Self-Defense Force (JASDF), two weeks after delivering the first
refueling aircraft to the Japanese military.
"We are thrilled to have followed our first delivery on Feb. 19
with this second KC-767 Tanker delivery on schedule," said George
Hildebrand, Boeing KC-767 Japan program manager.
"This second tanker will add significantly to Japan's military
The KC-767 made the 13-hour non-stop flight to Gifu, Japan, near
Nagoya, from Wichita, Kan., near Boeing's tanker modification
center. Itochu will deliver the KC-767 Tanker to the Japan Ministry
of Defense following in-country acceptance processes.
Japan has ordered four convertible freighter 767s, providing
flexibility in carrying cargo or passengers while maintaining its
primary role as an aerial refueling tanker. It features Boeing's
advanced aerial refueling boom and Remote Aerial Refueling Operator
(RARO II) system. Boeing is scheduled to deliver the remaining two
refueling aircraft in 2009 and 2010.
Boeing also is building four tankers for Italy with delivery of
the first aircraft planned in 2008. Since the 1930s, Boeing has
built and delivered more than 2,000 tankers that feature 'the
world's most advanced aerial refueling method with the highest fuel
transfer rate available.'
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