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What Ever Happen To The A-330 Desitined For KC-X?  
User currently offlineUSAF336TFS From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1445 posts, RR: 51
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6864 times:

Does anyone know what Airbus did with the first A-330 built as a prototype for the second KC-X fiasco, er, competition?
It was equipped with GE powerplants, but never "militarized" if I'm not mistaken.


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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6491 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6630 times:

Hmmm, perhaps the same thing as the 2002-era KC-767? That is, collecting dust?


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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4401 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6491 times:

AdA already flies A330, they could need another one if it is cheap to get.

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

The last I heard (back in 2008) was both airplanes were in storage without engines. But, I'll bet they have been delivered to airlines somewhere by now. There is still a law suit between Airbus, NG, and the USAF over payment for them, even though both were produced after the USAF 'stop work' order was issued to NG.

User currently offlineUSAF336TFS From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1445 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6248 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 3):
The last I heard (back in 2008) was both airplanes were in storage without engines. But, I'll bet they have been delivered to airlines somewhere by now. There is still a law suit between Airbus, NG, and the USAF over payment for them, even though both were produced after the USAF 'stop work' order was issued to NG.

I thought they built one, that actually was in flight, before the "stop work" order was issued?



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User currently offlinechuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 771 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5887 times:

The A330 demonstrator for the KC-X competition is currently in storage in Toulouse I believe.

It has been deemed not suitable in terms of configuration for airline use, however it is on the list for a VIP/Corporate Jet conversion.

May even have been sold already, don't know...
As far as I am aware, although 2 aircraft may have been used, only 1 was really a dedicated airframe, and that's the one waiting to become a seriously nice 2nd/3rd/4th home to someone...  


User currently offlinedlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5653 times:
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The 767 built for the tanker lease program is in storage at Paine Field:

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The A330 built for the KC-45 program is in storage at Touluse:

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5550 times:

Quoting dlednicer (Reply 6):
The 767 built for the tanker lease program is in storage at Paine Field:

I doubt Boeing could sell this airplane as a KC-46 as it is not a freighter version. They could use it for some initial flight testing, but not include it as an SDD tanker.

Quoting dlednicer (Reply 6):
The A330 built for the KC-45 program is in storage at Touluse:

What is EADS going to do with this airplane? It still has the L-2 door where the cargo door was going to be placed. Perhaps they can recycle it to the RAAF as a KC-30, or to the RAF as an A-330MRTT?


User currently offlinejetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5265 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 7):
at is EADS going to do with this airplane? It still has the L-2 door where the cargo door was going to be placed. Perhaps they can recycle it to the RAAF as a KC-30, or to the RAF as an A-330MRTT?

Does it have to be a tanker? Can it be converted to a civilian A330?



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User currently offlinechuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 771 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4911 times:

Quoting chuchoteur (Reply 5):
The A330 demonstrator for the KC-X competition is currently in storage in Toulouse I believe.

It has been deemed not suitable in terms of configuration for airline use, however it is on the list for a VIP/Corporate Jet conversion.

May even have been sold already, don't know...
As far as I am aware, although 2 aircraft may have been used, only 1 was really a dedicated airframe, and that's the one waiting to become a seriously nice 2nd/3rd/4th home to someone...

As mentioned... destined for VIP conversion.


User currently offlinebj87 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

Why don't they sell the A330 as a private tanker? Want to take your VIP A340/767 or other airplane non stop from LHR to australia but can't. Now you can with your very own Shell fill up station in the sky!

Seriously, I can remember seeing some pictures of tankers owned by a private company which rents them out to air forces around the world I guess. Maybe they can use it.


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