ItÂ´s really interesting to see some posts here obviously searching for "can't we have ANY Boeing - even a revival of the MD11 aircraft for the tanker"? Perhaps old non-scrapped 707s are a solution? LOL
If the new tanker a/c are to be converted, there are a lot of options: parked and stored DC-10s -> KC
-10 or L1011s. The MD
-11 is a too good freighter to be available in larger numbers for tanker conversion. And, of course, there are a lot of 767s out currently in use due to be traded in for 7E7s or 332s in the next years.
Due to Boeing denounces the 7E7 as a tanker because its too much optimized for being a civil airliner in case the tankers have to be new a/c there are only two options:
A: A 332 MRT with much younger nevertheless proven airframe, longer range, more payload and the ability to be dual-used in two roles: as an airliner and as a tanker changing role in almost no time. So unused tankers can earn money in commercial service and when used, are ready on very short notice. Already sold to the RAF and the RAAF
the A 332 MRT is probably they way all Air Forces in Europe seeking aerial refueling capacity will go for. Could be built in the USA as already offered by Airbus (for the jobs) and being a long lasting common platform for the NATO.
B: KC767 in what configuration ever.
From operational and geopolitical points of view the American built A 332 MRT seemingly is the better, more capable and perhaps even cheaper common solution for the USAF
and the West.
What do you think?
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