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U.S. air force will award $40B tanker deal by year's end to Boeing or Northrop
Aug 16, 2007
The KC-767A tanker lease program had been the Air Force's partial solution to jump-start the replacement of the service's fleet of 400 ageing KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refuelers. Some of those aircraft are now more than 40 years old.
The original plan was to lease up to 100 commercial 767 aircraft from the Boeing Co. and have them modified to serve as tanker aircraft, to include extra tanks and refueling booms.
fact, in responding to our 1996 report, the Air Force said that with proper
maintenance and upgrades, the aircraft could be sustainable for another 35
Atmospheric science researchers have been doing research for the Department of Defense since 1986, and the new institute gives the opportunity to study the propagation of chemical and biological threats in air and water, said John Forsythe, assistant director of Department of Geosciences and Atmospheric Research
Ground and unmanned flight tests showed that the tank system, filled with five parts mineral oil and one part JP-5, generates usable smoke trails from ground level to at least 28,000 feet MSL
The $40 billion Air Force contract is for 179 planes to start replacing the aging fleet of Boeing KC-135s. Eventually the deal could total more than 500 planes