NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9 Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3520 times:
It appears that from the 747-100s the Iranian AF bought secondhand in the mid-70s quite a number are still active of which most carry basic Saha Air livery. Quite amazing if you realize the country is banned and these aircraft are mostly 38 years old. Odd that the pure freighters which were aquired new in 1976-78 seem to be out of service, though I´ve seen pictures last year showing them intact.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12181 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
Quoting NA (Reply 6): Quoting BlackProjects (Reply 1):
Interesting that 5-8103 is still configured as a KC-747.
5-8105 also seems to be a tanker still (although the tail section is not visible), it carries the black stripe markings behind the wings.
I cannot seem to make out the pilot director lights on the bottom of the fuselage (should be between the nose and main gear). I do see on all of them a VHF radio antenna (atop the hump) and a UHF radio antenna (atop mid fuslage).
This is 5-8105 under another regstration 15 years ago. Although its in a new livery and its old registration now its still carrying the black marker stripes, that why I think its still flying as a tanker.
I went back and looked at all the pictures. Airplanes # 5-8100, 5-8103, 5-8105, and 5-8107 all still have the air refueling receiver recepticals on them (the hump between the windshields and radomes, like the USAF E-4Bs and VC-25As). They could also be on the others, but I don't see them because of the angles of the pictures.