Denver Post: Boeing to Display KC-767 Tanker Demonstrator
The Boeing Company will display its KC-767 Advanced Tanker technology Demonstrator from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain time on July 23 and 24 at the American GI Forum National Conference in Denver to showcase why the KC-767 is the best aircraft for the U.S. Air Force's KC-X aerial refueling program.The tanker ground game continues on as Boeing builds grassroots support for their tanker by touring organization conferences across the country.
Washington Post: The McCain Budget Plan
Balance the budget requires slowing outlay growth to 2.4 percent...The roughly $470 billion dollars (by 2013) in slower spending growth come from reduced deployments abroad ($150 billion; consistent with success in Iraq/Afghanistan that permits deployments to be cut by half -- hopefully more), slower discretionary spending in non-defense and Pentagon procurements ($160 billion; there are lots of procurements -- airborne laser, Globemaster, Future Combat System -- that should be ended ...So the campaign's senior economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin names three Pentagon procurements that should be cut and guess what? They are all Boeing programs. Coincidence or more grist for the temper and grudge rumor mill?
KC-30 Press Release:Tanker Boom Completes In-flight Contact
The test mission fulfilled several key flight and program milestones for the KC-45's all-electric, fly-by-wire Aerial Refueling Boom System, including sustaining one of the tanker-to-receiver aircraft contacts to simulate large offloads. The continued successful testing of the ARBS is further indication of the boom system's maturity and readiness for the U.S. Air Force's next generation KC-45 Tanker.One observation and several questions are in order: 1) It looks like the Air Force is going to have to pry the KC-45 designation from the EADS crew's cold, dead hands. They seem to have grown quite fond of improperly referring to themselves as the KC-45. 2) If we are to believe the KC-30 hype that it is ready now, then why do they keep announcing all these new tests? 3) Is that not an A310 based tanker in the photo and not an A330 tanker like they are trying to sell to the US Air Force? 4) How much outside EU nation support is EADS getting free of charge? There is a stop work on the US tanker work. And, since Australia is not a NATO country, we know they are not supporting this testing with their military aircraft. So who is footing the bill? Or, is this another type of government subsidy beyond the Airbus ones being protested at the WTO or the Katrina bonds that were funneled to them?