Whatever happened to the KC-767A

Finding a replacement for the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker was one of the most difficult and controversial tasks ever undertaken by the USAF. David Willis details the rise and fall of the ill-fated KC-767A deal

Boeing formed a 767 Tanker Programs Office as part of its Military Aerospace Support division in early 2001. The programme was launched that July, when Italy ordered four KC-767s, while Japan contracted for a further four during December. However, the primary target customer was the US Air Force (USAF), to which Boeing had offered to lease 100 KC-767s. The proposal aimed to replace around 130 KC-135Es, among the oldest and most maintenance-intensive variants of the stratotanker flown by the USAF.

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