Volume 04, Issue 3
Boeing delivers final re-engined KC-135
The U.S. Air Force accepted delivery of its 420th re-engined KC-135R aircraft during ceremonies at Boeing in Wichita, Kan., on June 9. The delivery marked the end of a program that began 25 years ago to provide the Air Force's refueling fleet with a modern engine.
The re-engining program has increased the aircraft's fuel transfer capability by 50 percent and reduced fuel requirements by 25 percent. The KC-135 remains the only airplane in the world specifically designed for aerial refueling.
"You've provided an invaluable capability that ensures a nation's success in the global war on terror and will ensure our freedom in the future," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Wendell Griffin.
$81M JHMCS contract
"Continued feedback from U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy pilots tells us that the JHMCS system is significantly increasing their combat capability," said John Lieber, Boeing JHMCS business team leader. "That increase in capability has resulted in a significant increase in the demand for the system, which poses a welcome challenge to dramatically increase our production capacity in order to meet our customers' requirements."
Boeing will deliver the JHMCS to six international air forces, as well as to the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard for use by F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots and to the U.S. Navy for use by F/A-18 Hornet pilots.
First 767 for Japan tanker program flies to Wichita
The first 767 for the Japan Air Self Defense Force tanker program flew away from Boeing's Everett, Wash., factory on May 31, en route to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Wichita, Kan. The airplane, one of three 767-200ER tanker transports currently on contract to be modified for Japan, is scheduled for a December 2006 delivery. The tankers will be configured with advanced Boeing air-refueling booms and Remote Aerial Refueling Operator systems.
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