Tuesday, February 2, 2010
An Airbus A330 tanker transport marked a new milestone with the aerial refueling of a French Air Force E-3F AWACS radar aircraft. The plane transferred more than 65,000 pounds of fuel during two missions. The latest refueling missions were part of the flight test and military certification program for the Royal Australian Air Force’s A330. Australia has ordered five aircraft, the first of which will be delivered later this year. The military A330 is the basis of Northrop Grumman's KC-45 tanker offered for the U.S. Air Force. (Source: EADS North America, 02/02/10) Gulf Coast note: Northrop and EADS North America plan to assemble Air Force tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they win all or a part of the Pentagon contract.