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777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:20 pm

Looks like Boeing is showing off the 777F to the Air Force  Wink
 
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RE: 777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:38 pm

Any idea why it would go to WRB? Hard to imagine that "decision makers" would be there, and the base is the logistics center for C-5s, C-17s, C-130s, and F-15s.

Unless Boeing is making a long-shot pitch that the 777F as a KC-135 replacement would work just fine at a base that just lost its long-standing KC-135 unit.
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RE: 777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:58 pm



Quoting RC135X (Reply 1):
Any idea why it would go to WRB? Hard to imagine that "decision makers" would be there, and the base is the logistics center for C-5s, C-17s, C-130s, and F-15s.

It could be a future logistics center for the Air Force models of the 777? Tankers come to mind here.
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RE: 777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:00 pm



Quoting RC135X (Reply 1):
Unless Boeing is making a long-shot pitch that the 777F as a KC-135 replacement would work just fine at a base that just lost its long-standing KC-135 unit.

Might Boeing be making an early pitch for a KC-10A replacement? Or might they be making a pitch for a new air force cargo plane; something faster than the C-17s?
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RE: 777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:10 pm



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 3):
Might Boeing be making an early pitch for a KC-10A replacement? Or might they be making a pitch for a new air force cargo plane; something faster than the C-17s?

That would be interesting. Wonder how they will get the M1A2 on and off the the T7?
 
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RE: 777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:28 pm

Quoting Gsosbee (Reply 4):
That would be interesting. Wonder how they will get the M1A2 on and off the the T7?

M1A2 - ain't happening.... Now Deuce and a half trucks and smaller you can get in and out the side door of a KC-10 or 747 with a Tunner or elevator loader. Looks hard but it's not really.

Same would be true for the 777F I presume....


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RE: 777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:06 pm



Quoting RC135X (Reply 1):
Unless Boeing is making a long-shot pitch that the 777F as a KC-135 replacement would work just fine at a base that just lost its long-standing KC-135 unit.

If this is about the tanker deal, then good for Boeing.
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3. Proposal a larger a/c, force the competition to do the same, A340??

If we have civilian spotters it would be interesting to see if they are doing taxi test on the ramps and taxiways, trying out various hangers to prove to themselves that the a/c is a suitable replacement in terms of footprint, then when they submit their new bid, they can show some facts to back up their claim.
 
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RE: 777F Flying From TCM To WRB

Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:52 pm



Quoting Par13del (Reply 6):
3. Proposal a larger a/c, force the competition to do the same, A340??

First generation A340s (-200 and -300) wouldn't have enough power, to my way of thinking, to serve well in the tanker role. -500? Perhaps. Would -600 be too much airplane for the tanker role?
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