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What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?  
User currently offlineStickers From South Africa, joined Sep 2007, 105 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

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and i read the caption that Iran AF has the largest number of operational 741's in the world. How many do they have, and what do they use them all for?

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User currently offlineTexL1649 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6718 times:

Shade, mostly. The same with their 'worlds-largest' fleets of F-5's, and F-14's.

User currently offlineEx52tech From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 559 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

Probably used for similar functions as their 707s.

I would be willing to go out on a limb here and guess that they are not concerned with the maintenance that Boeing has requested through service bulletins and so on. The ARMAR program that the civilian operators were looking to have to do on their 741 fleets, and subsequently scraped most of them due to the cost.

The 741 are more than likely very new to them, and much more state of the art to them than their 707 fleet.



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User currently offlineA300 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5508 times:
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The IRIAF 747-100SF are converted ex-TWA aircraft and were delivered to IIAF back in the 1970s. They are certainly not new to them. They are used as tanker transporters.


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5426 times:

The 747 in the photo is definitely a tanker, even though the boom is not fitted. The black lines on the underside of the rear fuselage are a dead giveaway.


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User currently offlineTrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4770 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4982 times:
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probably the same thing Qatar thinks it needs C17s for! (and Iran is a whole lot bigger than all the gulf states)

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4861 times:



Quoting Spacepope (Reply 4):
The 747 in the photo is definitely a tanker, even though the boom is not fitted. The black lines on the underside of the rear fuselage are a dead giveaway.


No, 5-8107 was never one of the KC-747s for the IIAF. There were 5 of the ex-TWA B-747-100s converted into tankers, 5-8101 through 5-8105. The black stripes have nothing to do with tanker operations. Tankers with Booms will have one 1' wide yellow belly stripe running longitudinally on the keel beam to represent the refueling centerline. Those transverse black stripes are external body station indentifiers.

The remaining 7 B-747s were used for transport and cargo operations, they are 5-8106 through 5-8112. Tail number 5-8109 was the one tragic loss in a thunderstorm in the late 1970s, over Spain, IIRC. I believe 6 of the IIAF B-747s are in storage or unfit for flying (2 transport/cargo versions and 4 KC-747s). Only one IIAF KC-747 is flying today, 5-8103. She is scene from time to time.


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4527 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4812 times:

Why would you need 'external body station identifiers' ?


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4714 times:



Quoting Max Q (Reply 7):
Why would you need 'external body station identifiers' ?

You would need to ask the Iranians that question. But, the lines seem to be on top some of the production ribbing and stringers, perhaps every second rib.


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