The first Boeing 767 AWACS (airborne-warning and control system) has performed "as good, or better than expected", during maximum gross take-off weight certification and low-energy refused take-off tests at Edwards AFB, California.

Tests are understood to have been performed at, or near, the 171,255kg maximum take-off weight earmarked for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force mission, and mark the completion of roughly 60% of the planned 350h long flight-test programme. The second AWACS airframe, which will begin mission testing in June 1997, is expected to make its first post-conversion flight from Wichita, Kansas, at the end of November.



Source: Flight International