The wing spar for the U.S. Air Force's KC-46A tanker, traditionally the first piece for major assembly in a new aircraft, was loaded into a tooling jig at Boeing's widebody factory in Everett, Wash., on June 26, kicking off a manufacturing process that should see aircraft rollout in January and a first flight next June. Boeing is turning a 767-200ER frame into the 767-2C for the Air Force contract, which includes purchase of 179 tankers to be built over the next 14 years. The airframes ...

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