|Quoting Spacepope (Reply 4):|
The 747 in the photo is definitely a tanker, even though the boom is not fitted. The black lines on the underside of the rear fuselage are a dead giveaway.
No, 5-8107 was never one of the KC
-747s for the IIAF. There were 5 of the ex-TWA B-747-100s converted into tankers, 5-8101 through 5-8105. The black stripes have nothing to do with tanker operations. Tankers with Booms will have one 1' wide yellow belly stripe running longitudinally on the keel beam to represent the refueling centerline. Those transverse black stripes are external body station indentifiers.
The remaining 7 B-747s were used for transport and cargo operations, they are 5-8106 through 5-8112. Tail number 5-8109 was the one tragic loss in a thunderstorm in the late 1970s, over Spain, IIRC. I believe 6 of the IIAF B-747s are in storage or unfit for flying (2 transport/cargo versions and 4 KC
-747s). Only one IIAF KC
-747 is flying today, 5-8103. She is scene from time to time.