Boeing’s KC-767 tanker recently completed the first test for its fly-by-wire boom telescoping tube, the company announced Thursday. This tanker, which has surpassed 400 flight hours, is destined for Italy. Boeing officials have said that they plan to offer the larger 777 to the US Air Force for its KC-X tanker competition. They believe it more accurately matches USAF’s stated requirements. However, plans to close the 767 line were tabled because sales have picked up.
President Joe Biden has nominated Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback to pin on a third star and become Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations. He also nominated 24 brigadier generals to two-star rank in their current positions.