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Your Country's Oldest Active Military Aircraft  
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9635 times:

Hi folks...
What is your home country's oldest aircraft type still in active service?
Speaking for my country (USA), I believe for the USAF, it's the KC-135s, and for the USN, it must be the C-130s. All replies welcomed. Regards.


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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9650 times:

Depends upon what model and serial number are still flying where, I bet some of the B-52's in the USAF have to be fairly old. With the Marines, it's a tossup between some of their early model C-130's and CH-46E helicopters, but at least the Marines have the C-130J coming online which is more than you can say for the medium lift community!


Singapore has A-4's still flying, although they have a tender going on now between the F-15E/K and the Rafale.

India and China use variants of the MiG-21.

Is there any F-104's still flying in Europe still?


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9615 times:

The B-52H is the only variant still in service. The last B-52 ever, an H model, was delivered in 1962...I think. But I believe there are some KC-135s that are older than this. And regarding the F-104 Starfighter, isn't it the Greek and/or the Italian Air Forces that still used them?
Regards.



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9597 times:

I believe the Italians are still using the Starfighters.

Until recently, the Navy had a small squadron, VC-8, flying 8 TA-4J Skyhawks, unfortunately they disbanded a year or so back...shame to see the last Scooter leave the flightline.

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9588 times:

The B-52 was in service before the KC-135 was. In fact part of the reason the KC-135 came into existence was because the B-52's had such a tough time refueling from KC-97's.


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User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9524 times:

All of them!!!  laughing 
If you'd posted this about a month ago we still had T-33s (1948) flying. Now all I can say is that we still have our Hercs (1960) & Sea Kings (1963) flying...well, some of the time. We're also still flying a handful of DHC-5 Buffalos (1967) in the search & rescue role, & of course 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (the Snowbirds) is still flying the Canadair Tutor (1962).



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User currently offlineKC135R From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 728 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9415 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 4):
The B-52 was in service before the KC-135 was. In fact part of the reason the KC-135 came into existence was because the B-52's had such a tough time refueling from KC-97's.

This is all true - but the B-52's flying today are H models and were delivered beginning in 1960. The KC-135 was originally delivered beginning in 55 - but most of the 55 and 56 planes are gone by now. The oldest in active duty was built in 1957, and there are still quite a few of them flying. FYI, the newest KC-135's, and there are only a handful of them, were built in 1964. So that makes the KC-135 the oldest USAF plane, and I think the oldest in the US as a whole. I am not sure about the Navy though, anyone know how old the P-3's are? That would be my guess as their oldest.


User currently offlineBjornstrom From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9397 times:

Sweden still use the SK-60 as a trainer (Saab 105). They were delivered 39 years ago - 1966.

http://www.canit.se/~griffon/aviation/text/60saab105.html



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User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9328 times:

Might be these two :

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But the C-160 Transall is not much younger as the Breguet Atlantic. Our Bell UH 1Ds and F-4F Phantom IIs are also not the youngest aircrafts around but are are awesome birds........



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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9264 times:

How about this beauty?



User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9257 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 3):
I believe the Italians are still using the Starfighters

Italy recently retired the the "Last Starfighter" and replaced it with leased F-16s pending Eurofighter delivery.

As far as the USAF is concerned... I think we are leaving out some types...

Here's a recent shot of a FY58 T-37.....


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There are also early 60's vintage T-38s still active. If we're counting aircraft in inventory but not active I'll bet we can still find some B model C-130s from the mid 50s in storage. The earliest E model C-130s all dated from the early '60s.

So my money is on either the T-37 or KC135 for oldest active USAF aircraft.

edit: On second look the FY58 T-37 pictured above looks a little "tired" and it's not sitting on the best piece of concrete. Museum bird maybe?

[Edited 2005-06-26 21:38:17]

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9251 times:

You are correct KC135R, I was going by the oldest 'type' still in service, not particuliarily oldest airframes still in service  Smile


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9246 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 11):
I was going by the oldest 'type' still in service

Going strictly by type then in USAF it is, of course, the B-52.


User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9236 times:

I believe the Mexican Air Force still uses T-33's and I would imagine that they are from the early 1950's?



User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29840 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9238 times:

Shoot the T-Bird was a great airplane. The USAF didn't get rid of theirs until the mid-1980's.

I would also point out that the U-2 should be included in this discussion.

According to the USAF Museum it entered Service in 1956.

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/ac/pg000172.htm



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9222 times:

Gentlemen, it doesn't matter whether the aircraft is the oldest "type" or "airframe". The topic is all in good-natured fun, not to be taken seriously.  Wink Saintsman, how about a little background on that Canberra, please? And BTW, knowing the US Navy has a "Don't Thread on Me" status symbol for their oldest ship still in service...does the USAF, USMC & USCG have something similiar for their aircraft? Thanks for all replies, so far. Regards.


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9219 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 14):
I would also point out that the U-2 should be included in this discussion.

According to the USAF Museum it entered Service in 1956.

Good point!! For whom, though, did it enter into service in 1956? USAF didn't get copies of the aircraft until it came out of the black world IIRC.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2989 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9153 times:

USAF just recently retired its NC-130A, and NASA just retired its B-52B. Too bad. One of the oldest in US service now might be the Navy's DC-130A.


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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9134 times:

FlagshipAZ,

Just for you, this link will give a bit of info for you.

http://www.bywat.co.uk/39.html

The company I work for has recently come to the end of a long contract (approx 15 years) carrying out major maintenance on the PR9s. We were also responsible for the sensor upgrades that have made them so successful in Afghanistan and Iraq. We also did the last servicing on the only T4 left. We had to do a repair that entailed the whole front fuselage being removed from the rest of the aircraft.

There have been some unfortunate incidents with the RAF over the last couple of years that have caused damage and aircraft loss, which is a shame. The remaining aircraft are in very good condition (we did love them) but spares are obviously a nightmare. They will not last much longer though and will be taken out of service in the next few years, despite the RAF having no immediate replacement. Aircraft muted for the replacement are Nimrods or the Sentinal (Global Express). The RAF are getting the latter as their ASTOR aircraft but may need to purchase more for a dedicated photo-recce role.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9118 times:

IAF
The MIG 21s I suppose.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAFHokie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 9102 times:

the USAF is still flying some T-37's that were built in 1956. The test pilot school at Edwards has a T-6 Texan, the WWII trainer, not the T-6 Texan II that the students fly to get experience in a wide variety of aircraft.

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9086 times:

Hey Saintsman. A noisy little aircraft has been flying over my house all day, I live about 10 miles away from Warton.

Look who it was! I just about managed to grab a shot of her.



Beautiful aircraft.



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User currently offlineMechatNEW From United States of America, joined May 2005, 103 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9037 times:

The US Navy has a couple of U-6A's[DHC-2 Beavers] in service for test pilot training that date back to the mid 1950's.

User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8892 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 13):
I believe the Mexican Air Force still uses T-33's and I would imagine that they are from the early 1950's?

The T-bird first flew in March 1948, & was a very popular plane with a lengthy production run. I believe the license-built Canadair version numbered 5000 by the time they stopped. Even considering that, there couldn't be any T-33 newer than late '50's.  old 
Feel free to correct me!



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 8843 times:

According to the SAAF website, 35 Sqn based at Ysterplaat still use C-47 Dakota's (although admittedly they are TurboDaks). I'm not sure if there are any piston C-47's still with the SAAF, but if there are, they entered service in 1943.

25 DL021 : There are a couple of piston Dakotas left in SAAF service. All the Israeli ones are retired, and there are still some in Central and South America. I
26 GDB : Myt332 played a photo blinder there, in 1999, leaving early in the morning for work (I live VERY close to LHR), I heard a noise above and a Canberra f
27 Daveflys0509 : At Vance AFB when I was there last summer, the oldest T-37B was built in 1956, the second oldest was built in 1957... and still taking beatings from s
28 Luisde8cd : Venezuelan Air Force: KC-707 and C-130
29 L-188 : You know, know that I think about it, I am pretty sure that the US Army kept a couple P-51's in service until the early 1980's as chase airplanes. Als
30 GDB : I forgot one, though not with the armed forces, but not for airshows either, but Martin Baker use, or used until recently at least, a Meteor for airbo
31 Post contains links MissedApproach : Maybe not the oldest, but it would seem to be the most travelled, at least in the Herc world. From the Contact CFB Trenton newspaper: http://www.theco
32 OzLAME : The Royal Australian Air Force retired it's last C-47s in the late '90s, so the oldest aircraft in the inventory now are the DHC-4 Caribous, followed
33 Post contains links Lurch : Hi GDB that Canberra was taking part in the Photo mapping of the UK not to uo date the ordnance maps. But for the photo mapping CD that shows the enti
34 Post contains images KennyK : There must still be quite a few DC-3s/C-47s kicking up dust in some Air Forces in the world still and they will probably still be doing so in a few de
35 Jetjack74 : My dad used to work at the British Aerospace at Salmsbury, Lancs. They were potentially going to sell them to Argentina, well until the Falklands con
36 DIJKKIJK : IAF still uses the Canberra, doesn't it? That is much older than the Mig21.
37 Post contains links and images MissedApproach : Here's a possibility. On the RAF website, they list the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as part of the RAF organization. Would this make their Lanc,
38 L-188 : Well if they are on the miltiary register then they should be considered that... A good comparison would be the USS. Constitution, which was built ab
39 GDB : Yes you can still count the Battle Of Britain Flight as 'active'. Like the USS Constitution (also originally the name for the Shuttle USS Enterprise b
40 L-188 : Yeah but correct me if I am wrong, but isn't that ship embedded in a concrete pad? As opposed to Constituion that is still floating. Sort of akin to
41 Post contains links GDB : Though in dry dock since 1922, HMS Victory is still considered as commissioned, USS Constitution is the oldest still afloat, HMS Victory the oldest st
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