par13del wrote:One of the thing always mentioned is the fact that the USAF has a large dedicated tanker fleet and a large cargo fleet, so the need for a multi-role tanker is minimal compared to other countries, ok, I get that. Now without having to review all the old tanker threads, the reason for the a/c to have almost full FAA civilian certification is.......?
The original contract required Boeing to maximize the amount of the tanker design that is FAA certified. To that end, the underlying frame (767-2C) has an Amended Type Certificate for the 767-200 as a "provisional freighter". A Supplemental Type Certificate then applies to the KC-46A with the refueling equipment and military avionics installed.