N526BA: the USAF’s “lost 767″ flies

Freelance photographer Matt Cawby has posted great photos of the first flight of N526BA, a 767-400ER once destined for service as a US Air Force testbed for the aborted E-10A program. Two more good shots on the ground here and here.

The USAF cancelled the contract for the N526BA in October 2007 after deciding not to make the third and final progress payment.

So Boeing now has a 767-400ER and — so far, I think — no customer. The USAF has paid about $90 million, or two-thirds of the total price tag, but has no airframe.

It is now the “lost 767-400ER”.

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2 Responses to N526BA: the USAF’s “lost 767″ flies

  1. HerkEng 27 March, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    What ever happened to the airframe they set aside for the KC-767? What will come of that?

  2. NTV 27 March, 2008 at 3:14 pm #

    This leads to the question(s) that I have had since the KC-45 winner was announced. What direction will the Air Force’s C4ISR planes move now that there wont be a KC-767? If the Boeing would have won the competition, then using the 767 airframe to replace the JSTARS, AWACS, Rivet Joint, etc would have made sense. Now, things are much more open. With the continued miniaturization of electronics it doesnt, IMO, make sense to have an A330 sized replacment for these aircraft. Will we see a trend towards small aircraft like the 737 AWACS and the P-8? How much of the missions will be taken over by UAV’s?
    Stephen, hiw do the tea leaves look to you?

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