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Was the KC-767 Tanker Used Against Gadhafi?

by John Reed on November 7, 2011

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This is interesting. The picture above shows what’s likely an Italian air force Boeing KC-767A tanker that’s apparently flying out of Malta International Airport during Operation Unified Protector, NATO’s effort to oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya.

Malta served as a hub for NATO ops during the Libyan air campaign and David Cenciotti’s blog includes the photo in a montage of the aircraft used to fight Gadhafi.

I haven’t heard anything about the KC-767 being used to support operations against Gadhafi. If it did give gas to jets attacking Libyan targets, this may well have been the Boeing-built tanker’s “combat” debut. You’d think Boeing would have publicized this.

Remember, the U.S. Air Force recently awarded Boeing the $35 billion KC-X contract to build upgraded KC-767s — officially called KC-46As — that will replace hundreds of the service’s ancient KC-135s.

Sound off in the comments if you’ve heard anything about the KC-767 being used in Operation Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector.

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Lance November 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Cant wait to see what the KC-46A will look like in the end. Not all KC-135s are 50 era though they made them into the 70s and the USAF will keep some into service longer than others.

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Mitch November 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

The newest KC-135's I ever saw was a 1963 model. Do you have any information on newer ones in the USAF? Wikipedia states " The last KC-135 was delivered to the Air Force in 1965." Which agrees with my observation.

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Spencer November 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

The International Institute for Strategic Studies' order of battle for OUP lists Italy as contributing one KC-767A and one KC-130J for tanker aircraft

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Wayne November 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I was in the Air National Guard in the last unit to fly the ancient KC-87 prop tankers (136th TAW). Flew to Germany and back on one. That was 1976. Think they retired them about 1978.

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Wayne November 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Make that KC-97

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rick hoover May 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

there were no KC-87s THey were KC-97s the last one being the L model retired in 1968

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bbmg November 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I live in Malta and I'm pretty annoyed that I saw practically every plane illustrated either coming or going *except* the A-10! Gah!

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Enrico November 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Yeah, we used our KC-767 in Lybia, you can confirm it from the official chronicle of the war submitted to the Parliament (Camera dei Deputati): http://documenti.camera.it/leg16/dossier/Testi/di
It's been used at least since the first half of May.

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