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The Tanker Tango

Air Force generals received another reason Monday to keep pushing Congress to deliver funding for the KC-46A tanker program even in the midst of this budget environment. A KC-135 Stratotanker made an emergency landing Monday at Sol San Juan airport in Palma De Mallorca. The tanker based out of McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas took off […]

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 […]

Also, in case you haven’t seen this one yet. EADS won’t protest the Air Force’s award of the $35 billion KC-X contract to rival Boeing. This means the decade-long KC-X saga is finally moving forward. Expect Boeing’s 767-based tankers to be in the air within the next five years, if all goes well from here […]

While some may wonder why Boeing with its NewGen Tanker offering based off a smaller, older 767 design beat out EADS Airbus A330-based KC-45 to win the KC-X contract yesterday, it’s likely a matter of fuel efficiency and construction costs associated with housing the new jets. From DoDBuzz: The difference between the two bids may […]

There you have it, folks. Boeing just pulled off the upset victory and defeated EADS to win a KC-X contract that will ultimately be worth roughly $35 billion to build 179 aerial tankers to replace the Air Force’s oldest KC-135s. In this third round of the decade-long KC-X saga, the Chicago-based company fended off European defense giant EADS’ aggressive bid […]