Back to Squawk list
  • 6

TRANSCOM: Refueling Capacity a Major Shortfall, Made Worse by KC-46 Delays

Aerial refueling tanker availability remains a major roadblock to readiness for US Transportation Command, prompting the military to look at retaining even more aging tankers as well as the possibility of relying on private contractors to fill the gaps, the head of TRANSCOM said. ( More...

Sort type: [Top] [Newest]

Larry Toler 2
Yep, the Air Force just keeps getting worse since I left. The 767 has been used as a tanker for at least Italy and Japan Defense Force for quite some time. The USAF put some difficult requirements to drag this program on. It sort of reminds me of how long it took before we had the C17 on regular missions.
chalet 2
Israel´s IAI has sold a number of refurbished 767s and modified them as KC-767s including removable front section seating, cargo carrying capabilities and of course boom and drogue refueling, all at the modest cost of $75 million a copy and delivered to clients in 10-12 months from day of contract.
But the problem is that USAF types can not accept "second hand cars, it is a Cadillac full of extra bells and whistles or nothing at all",
cboginsk 1
A lot has to do with all the advanced technology that is advertised up front, but is not ready for prime time. The Uss Gerald Ford is a prime example. Some of the tech components of the KC46 are another. Sadly, this is only the stuff we hear about, how much other stuff are we paying for that isn't making the grade? I have seen this first hand in industry where promises are made and money is wasted.
We don't need a gold plated tanker, so the Air force needs to get off the dime and do the job. Seems like the AF brass couldn't manage a free lunch, let alone the acquisition of a modified 767.
ADXbear 1
Another Boeing boondoggle..
bentwing60 0
"First flight for the KC135, 31 August 1956" , "The KC-135 entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957". wiki, lets get to work!

"The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner. In February 2011, the tanker was selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the winner in the KC-X tanker competition to replace older Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers. The first aircraft was delivered to the Air Force in January 2019". wiki, lets make some money!

don't know how else you read this!


Don't have an account? Register now (free) for customized features, flight alerts, and more!
This website uses cookies. By using and further navigating this website, you accept this.
Did you know that FlightAware flight tracking is supported by advertising?
You can help us keep FlightAware free by allowing ads from We work hard to keep our advertising relevant and unobtrusive to create a great experience. It's quick and easy to whitelist ads on FlightAware or please consider our premium accounts.