The Italian KC-767 is the first international aerial refueling tanker to be certified to refuel the F-35.
A KC-767A belonging to 8° Gruppo (Squadron) of 14° Stormo (Wing) from Pratica di Mare airbase, near Rome, became the first international tanker to successfully complete aerial refueling of a U.S. Air Force F-35A during a boom receiver certification refueling flight conducted over California’s High Desert region on Jul. 29.
The Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) KC-767A is the first tanker not operated by the U.S. Air Force to undergo refueling certification trials with a U.S. aircraft.
During the flight (the first of a series being conducted to achieve the full certification, the latest conducted on Aug. 6 and shown on Flightradar24), the KC-767A completed 25 boom contacts with the F-35A and successfully offloaded 16,000 pounds of fuel.
Italy operates a fleet of four KC-767A next generation tankers equipped with both the sixth generation flying boom (based on the one of the American KC-10) and used to refuel the F-35A, and three hose and drogue stations that give the KC-767 the ability to refuel aircraft equipped with onboard receptacle or those with a refueling probe (as the F-35B).
The first KC-767 was delivered to the Italian Air Force on Jan. 27, 2011 and had its “baptism of fire” few months later, during the Air War in Libya, when the new tanker conducted air-to-air refueling missions of Italian planes involved in Operation Unified Protector.
Since then, the fleet has been certified for refueling with several allies: it supported British Eurofighters to LIMA 13 airshow, conducted collective aerial refueling certification and testing with Gripen and Rafale fighter jets and escorted the Spanish EF-18 and Eurofighter Typhoons to Konya, in Turkey, for Anatolian Eagle 2014-2.
Image credit: Lockheed Martin
This is all a lie the RAAF has been doing it for alot longer
You are commenting a story published on Aug. 7, 2015 after the ItAF KC-767 had completed the certification. Then, you link a story that says that the first series of RAAF KC-30 tests had been performed between Sept. and October 2015.
I think you misunderstood the part of your linked article that says “In spring 2016, an Italian 767 aerial refueling tanker will come to Edwards to continue the coalition effort, paired with an F-15 and F-16. Then the United Arab Emirates KC-30 will conduct the last leg of testing with a B-1 and an A-10 in the later summer months.” This means that the KC-767 returned to the US to continue the tests but the certification with the F-35 was achieved earlier in 2015. Read here: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/italian-kc-767-tanker-completes-its-first-f-35-refuelling-415479/
For some reason my phone wouldn’t let me past that url