RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3968 posts, RR: 17 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4404 times:
I received info a while ago (for my www.aircraft-deliveries.com website) from an Airbus source that A330 serial 871 is allocated to the USAF. Now I don't follow military transport threads and/or news as it/they don't interest me and therefore thought nothing of it, but I've since been informed by one person that this is "impossible", while others have said "is this really true, because it's big news if so?".
Can anyone confirm that the USAF do have an A330 on order please?
Quote: "The UK Ministry of Defence has finally given the green light to a private finance initiative deal worth about £13 billion ($26 billion) to equip the UK Royal Air Force with a new fleet of 14 Airbus A330-200-based tanker-transports from 2011 - two years later than originally planned."
NBGSKyGod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 882 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4042 times:
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3): I'd suggest the Airbus may have been building a demonstrator or prototype on speculation. Boeing I believe did the same on the lease deal and now has a half finished KC-767 in storage at PAE.
I would have to agree with this, it is a possible DEMO aircraft to show the USAF the capabilities of the aircraft, we will see if it is equipped with a refueling boom rather than just the "probe and drogue" system.
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USAF336TFS From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1445 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3871 times:
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3): now has a half finished KC-767 in storage at PAE
True, but the new USAF tanker will be based on an "advanced derivative of the future 767-200 Long Range Freighter", therefore that existing prototype will be either highly modified (doubtful) or not used at all (more likely).
IIRC, NG/EADS will base their USAF offering on the A330F which has not been built yet. As was stated above, it's more likely a frame built for the UK MoD.
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LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 14028 posts, RR: 48
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3494 times:
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 7): Is somebody else in the market for a boom type tanker?
The RAAF is. The first RAAF A330 tanker is already flight testing in Getafe. These tankers are due to enter service in 2009, so if NG/Airbus don't win the USAF contract, they could still sell those aircraft to the RAAF.
MCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2991 times:
I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. The brass at ACC will never let themselves be at the behest of the French and German goverments for hardware. It's just not going to happen folks, period.