|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 57):|
I was under the impression that aircraft intended for military purposes didn't need FAA certification. Why is this necessary for the KC-46? Is the P-8 also FAA-certified? What about the B-52 and KC-135 and every other U.S. military aircraft?
The B-52 and KC
-135 never received an FAA Certification, they didn't need one. The first US Military aircraft to get an FAA Certification was the C-141A as Lockheed wanted to sell it as the L-300.
The second US Military airplane to receive an FAA Certification was the KC
wanted the certification to be able to use airline DC-10 parts around the world and vice-versa.
The A-330MRTT and A-400M also received a civilian certification.
But, you are correct, normally military aircraft do not need a civilian certification.
The certification needed for the KC-46 is not just for the tanker parts, but the B-767-2C is a new B-767 model and may have later civilian sales.
[Edited 2014-01-18 14:20:19]