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Any DC8's Used For Tankers?  
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4527 posts, RR: 18
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7255 times:

Was this Aircraft ever used as a tanker, anyone know ?


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User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7098 times:

Pretty sure the DC-8 never saw service as a tanker, but I know there were trials done on the Convair 880/990.

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7090 times:

Quoting trigged (Reply 1):
Pretty sure the DC-8 never saw service as a tanker, but I know there were trials done on the Convair 880/990.

Yup, the US Navy operated a "UC-880" as a test tanker, also for Tomahawk missile tests.

http://airrefuelingarchive.wordpress...2/convair-cv-880-refueling-a-f-14/

[Edited 2011-07-11 09:01:03]


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User currently offlinejwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6901 times:

Didn't Israel deploy a few of them as tankers? Or did they just offer it as a conversion kit on the commercial market but had no buyers?
I do remember reading about Elbit (I think it was) making something in the 1980s.



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6807 times:

Quoting jwenting (Reply 3):
Didn't Israel deploy a few of them as tankers? Or did they just offer it as a conversion kit on the commercial market but had no buyers?

Never heard of anything like that. Can't find any evidence of any DC-8 in tanker configuration, though the conversion program seems interesting.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6745 times:

The US Military only used one DC-8, ever. It was a former UA DC-8F-54 that was converted into the EC-24A for the USN. It was never used as a tanker. The EC-24 was retired in 1998.

Here she is (retired) parked next to a retired USAF EC-135C at AMARC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EC24ABuNo163050.JPG


User currently offlinefanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5534 times:

According to Terry Waddington's book on the DC-8, Douglas in 1962 proposed a freighter for the USAF Military Air Transport Service, essentially a DC-8-55JT with freight doors front and aft. Another porposal as for an AWACS plane, designated Model D-887. Adds Waddington, "Various other roles were proposed, including anti-submarine patrols, electronic countermeasures, aerial refeuling, medical evacuation, and cargo transport." However, the USAF stuck with Boeing's C-135.

The AWACS proposal came up again, this time in 1968 and using a DC-8-62 airframe. McDonnell-Douglas even built a full-scale mock-up, but once again the contract went to Boeing and its 707.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 5331 times:

The DC-8 airframe just wasn't versital enough for the USAF. The C-135 and B-707 airframes were.

User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3624 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5158 times:

Well if the USAF did not like them, at least the civilian world love them as cargo carriers.  

User currently offlinefanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4962 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 8):
Well if the USAF did not like them, at least the civilian world love them as cargo carriers.

Very true! I just read that the military contrct was the impetus behind Douglas coming out with the -55 Jet Trader. That so many of these airplanes and their elongated brethren are still flying (with Stage III hushkits) bears testimony to the soundness of their design.



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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4826 times:

However MDD no longer manufacture aircraft.

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