bennett123
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Mystery Aircraft

Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:18 pm

I am trying to idenify a photo in my collection.

It is clearly B707 based and seems to have CFM56's.

It has no external markings.

It has no refueling boom or antennae.

I did think of an E6, but there is no dorsal fairing.

I also considered an E8, but it has windows and no ventral fairing.

Any suggestions would be welcomed.

David
 
bingo
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:33 am

Sort of sounds like the

"707-700: A test aircraft used to study the feasibility of using CFM International's CFM56 powerplants on a 707 airframe and possibly retrofitting them to existing aircraft......"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_707
 
bennett123
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:35 am

According to Jet Air Production List, N707QT was sold to the Moroccan Govt in 1982. I saw this aircraft in 2006.

I am beginning to wonder about Israel, do any of their B707 have CFM56's.
 
bennett123
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:49 am

I am starting to wonder about this aircraft. However the engines look different in later shots.


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acw367
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:25 pm



Quoting Bennett123 (Thread starter):
I did think of an E6, but there is no dorsal fairing.

The E6A was delivered to the USN without the Satcom hump. They were installed during the upgrade to E6B


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The E6 of course does not have windows and does have wingtip electronic pods and the tail mounted antenna housing.
 
bennett123
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:00 pm

Would they all have been converted to E6B by 2006?
 
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:33 pm

Care to scan the photo in your collections?

Could it possibly be a French DC-8-72?
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acw367
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:46 pm



Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 5):
Would they all have been converted to E6B by 2006?

Boeing delivered the last one back to the USN in December 2006

http://www.boeing.com/ids/news/2006/q4/061201b_nr.html
 
iRISH251
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:03 pm

The 707-700 was converted back to 707-320C configuration before delivery to Morocco, so it was pretty much a standard 707 from that point on.
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Your inquiry reminded me of this aircraft - built as the only YE-8B (CFM-56 engines) and later delivered to the Royal Saudi AF with serial 1902. It is now designated as an RE-3B.


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bennett123
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RE: Mystery Aircraft

Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:26 pm

I will try to scan the picture at the weekend.

However it is probably not airliners quality, also I will have to scan the photo onto my computer and will probably lose some quality.

Anyway, I will do my best.

Incidentally, I will take another look at it, but I am sure that there were windows. That would seem to eliminate the E6 or YE8B.

David

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