NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10054 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6255 times:
Wow, great if true. Very surprising. Nice if they found a new home so soon, well, not a totally new home. Somehow the owners in the background remain the same.
As 3 VIP 744s sounds unbelievable to me I guess its highly likely they´ll be converted to freighters, maybe one being retained as VIP transport, not more.
747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 1941 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5812 times:
AI sold the two 747-337M aircraft to early.(one already broke up for spares.)
These two would have been the ideal candidates for the Indian Air Force :
Relative very cheap 747-300combi aircraft (low investment), easy to convert to freighter, with CF-6-80C2B1 engines.
IMO a missed opportunity.
[Edited 2009-11-25 07:27:46]
On a twin, crossing an ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11904 posts, RR: 52 Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5658 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 9): Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 8):
Is there a possibility they will be converted to tanker/freighter configuration? Does India's Air Force need more capable tankers?
The IAF is in the process of placing an order for A330MRTTs for this role.
As I understand it, the A-330MRTT won out over the Il-78 for the tanker, but no order has been submitted, yet. It is sort of like the Polish deal where a new tanker is selected, but no order has come, yet.
If they convert these 3 B-747-400s into KC-744s, they will not need the A-330MRTTs. In the early 1970s, Boeing converted the IIAF KC-741s. They also used their prototype B-747 as a demostrator tanker (equipped with a KC-135 Boom) to the USAF during the ATCA compitition.
So, Boeing could do these conversions, then again, so can IAI.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11904 posts, RR: 52 Reply 16, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4263 times:
How many seats would a reconfiguered former AI B-747-400 have in a VIP role for the IAF? IIRC, the USAF VC-25As only seat about 75 passengers, the rest is used for rest areas for the POTUS, conference rooms, and office space. There is also a large full kitchen aboard.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11904 posts, RR: 52 Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3645 times:
In that picture it looks like most of the seats in that area have been removed. Will the IAF have a new designation for these and what will the tail numbers become? Will there be a communications suit like the VC-25A has? Is AI going to do all the maintenance on them, and who is going to do the conversions?