KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12293 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
The VC-10s are very well built airplanes. The RAF should look at keeping them as long as possible. But, if that is not an option, perhaps they can look at leasing some of the KC-135s stored at DM as an interium aircraft?
Connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3102 times:
Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 3): Given that the VC10's are getting very long in the tooth, I think the RAF needs to think about availability issues.
I agree. How big a spares inventory is there for Conways, for example ? It wasn't exactly produced in huge numbers and IIRC the VC10 uses the highest-power version (RCo. 23???). And there aren't a lot of airframes they can cannibalize, unless they want to part out one of the existing fleet.