KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11897 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2889 times:
Quoting Keesje (Reply 2): Known in the industry for some time but strongly denied here on a.net by the "Boeing always does better then promised" believers..
Oh please get off your anti-Boeing horse, Keesje. Care to make any comments about the RAAF A-330MRTT program?
The wing buffeting problem because of the wingtip refueling pods was a problem. Boeing had corrected it a few months ago, by extending the struts supporting the refueling pods about 6" (152mm). The Italian AF #1 KC-767 was not suppose to be delivered until 2007, anyway. The Italians are suppose to take delivery of the #2 tanker before the #1 tanker. The #1 airplane stays in flight testing, then will be refurbished before delivery. The Italians will begin their training on the #2 airplane.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11897 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2685 times:
That was a story from July 2001. A lot of things changed since then. One of those was when Italy wanted to go for the two wingtip refueling pods and an air refueling boom. The drawing in that story show the wingtip pods, but a centerline refueling drogue.
According to Boeing, the first KC-767 went to Witchata in 2003 and rolled out in 2005. It is in flight testing now. The Italian AF will take delivery of the #2 KC-767 late this year, then the #1 airplane next year.
TropicBird From United States of America, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2641 times:
The latest issue of Aviation Week has a lengthy story about this issue. Delivery of the first plane has been delayed because of this problem which Boeing said has been fixed. However (speaking from memory) I believe the fix has to be flight tested along with the boom and pod system this summer.