Boeing flies KC-46A to Japan

A Boeing 767-2C test aircraft, N464FT (c/n 41274), the fourth engineering and manufacturing development (EMD-4) airframe for the KC-46A tanker programme flew from Seattle to Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo, Japan via Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii on October 23. It departed for home two days later. This was the first landing of the type outside the United States; the light was designed to test the aircraft’s integrated mission system suite as well as its ability to conduct worldwide navigation, communication and operations. Japan is the first export customer of the type having ordered one jet FOR $279 million in February. According to Boeing insiders, the first KC-46A was expected to be delivered to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas on October 16.