The first KC-767 Tanker slated for the Japan Air Self-Defense
Force (JASDF) took of on its maiden flight on December 21, 2006.
According to Maj. Kenji Nagatomo, Japan Tanker program liaison,
the first of four aircraft ordered by Japan is expected to enter
service in 2007.
The KC-767 Tanker is a military derivative of the 767-200 commercial
airplane. It has been configured with the advanced Boeing air
refueling boom and Remote Aerial Refueling Operator (RARO II)
system. It was selected in 2001 over the Airbus A-310 candidate.
The first two KC-767 of four ordered by Italy will also be delivered
in 2007. Boeing is competing for a contract to build 179 next-generation
tankers for the U.S. Air Force as they replace their KC- 135
fleet under the KC-X acquisition program next year.