Much as I loved it, even I knew that Concorde was about the most unsuitable airliner to be put in military service, in the transport role, yes it could carry 128, as certified), potentially 150 if you lost the galleys, all but one of the whiffies, and did not mind being cramped, but that would affect range, need a lot of C.G. testing too.
But, L-188 is not the only one thinking out of the box though, I remember last summer a conversation with a colleague in Concorde Engineering, he was ex RAF (and ex BAC).
We were discussing the problem of the issue of expense of support, (when discussing the attempted 'Concorde Alliance' plan pushed by a senior Concorde Capt, with Eddington's blessing), as well as all the myriad of civil aircraft regs that kept coming our way.
Naturally, on this site, people had asked 'why not let the RAF operate it as a Blair Force One?'
Well, the expense of operating it for so few flights, with tax £, was a non starter.
A VIP config would allow up to 4200 NM
range, still not comparable to any number of ex-airline widebodies though.
The ex RAF/BAC guy, Rick, mentioned that the RAF Canberra PR
.9s needed replacing, Concorde nearly could match their altitude, (up to 63,000, 60,000)in pax operation), had a great speed advantage too.
I asked, where would you stick the recce kit?
Rick replied, what about the forward hold, about the right size, the door would be modded with camera ports.
What about ECM kit?
Well what about the tailcone, there is space, hadn't BAC designed an APU fitment there at
Pan Am's insistence in 1970?
(They had, I've seen the drawings).
Take the 5 BA
flyers, let the MoD take them on, pay all the costs.
BAE/Quinteq (former Defence Research Agency), reponsible for support, nice jobs for us too (BA L1011 staff were seconded to the RAF when the RAF took our L1011-500s, we've done maintenance on RAF VC
-10s quite often over the years, as late as the mid 1990s).
Very expensive, maybe some disquiet about an aircraft with a dual VIP/reece role, politically. (RAF Canberra PR
.9s, despite updated ECM and high altitude, are not used in high threat environments, a lot of their work is semi civil, like mapping, however once the bad guys defences are suppressed, they are used, like in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they proved a valuable asset).
Nice to dream though, it was never going to happen however.
I'd have been up for being a small part of it!
And wouldn't they have looked smart in a similar livery to the RAF L1011s?