From USAF KC-45 to KLM A330 31072013
Airbus A330 c/n 925 was intended to become one of the first two KC-45 tanker aircraft for the US Air Force after Airbus parent EADS and partner Northrop had won the competition to build the new USAF tanker fleet in 2008. It was not to be. The US Government Accountability Office overturned the decision and Boeing won the new competition. Two Airbus A330s had already been built for the tanker conversions and were owned by the USAF. C/n 925, being one of them, made its first flight on 18 April 2008 as F-WWKB and stood idle at Toulouse airport near the Airbus factory for years, protected with plastic and tape sealings. It was finally refurbished and handed over to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as Airbus A330-202 PH-AON "Museumplein - Amsterdam" on 12 April 2013. The aircraft is named after the Museum Square in Amsterdam with its adjacent Rijksmuseum (home of several Rembrandt paintings), Van Gogh museum and modern art City Museum ("Stedelijk Museum" in Dutch). PH-AON is seen here after take-off from Schiphol Amsterdam airport in The Netherlands (EHAM) on 31 July 2013, operating flight KL0871 to New Delhi. It was a warm day and the air trembled in the distance, which makes the aircraft look a little blurred.
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