5/19/2008 - MELBOURNE, FL - The second aircraft that
Northrop Grumman Corporation has designated for the
U.S. Air Force KC-45 Tanker program completed its
final check flight May 15, illustrating the rapid
production capability that will allow Northrop Grumman
to quickly replace the aging KC-135 Tanker fleet.
"The Northrop Grumman KC-45 Tanker team is ready now
-- and having two aircraft set for modification
reinforces our commitment to the Air Force," said Paul
Meyer, vice president of Air Mobility Systems for
Northrop Grumman. "Our nation's airmen have needed new
tankers for nearly a decade now. We cannot afford to
delay this replacement program any longer."
This aircraft, designated SDD-2, follows the first
KC-45 Tanker airframe (SDD-1), which was completed in
July 2007 and performed its maiden flight Sept. 25,
2007. Both SDD-1 and SDD-2 will be outfitted with
in-flight refueling systems and additional
"We now have the first two KC-45 airframes complete,
and we're ready to get to work as soon as the stop
work order is lifted," Meyer said. "While other
companies continue to move manufacturing off shore,
our approach reverses that trend, creates 48,000
aerospace jobs in the United States and brings an
enormous amount of work share into the country."
Northrop Grumman's KC-45 is based on the Royal
Australian Air Force's KC-30B Multi-role Tanker, which
is on schedule for delivery in early 2009. The United
States is the fifth straight country to select the
A330-based tanker for its Air Force.
Source: Northrop Press Release