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What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:35 am

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and i read the caption that Iran AF has the largest number of operational 741's in the world. How many do they have, and what do they use them all for?

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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:13 pm

Shade, mostly. The same with their 'worlds-largest' fleets of F-5's, and F-14's.
 
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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Sat May 02, 2009 7:42 am

Probably used for similar functions as their 707s.

I would be willing to go out on a limb here and guess that they are not concerned with the maintenance that Boeing has requested through service bulletins and so on. The ARMAR program that the civilian operators were looking to have to do on their 741 fleets, and subsequently scraped most of them due to the cost.

The 741 are more than likely very new to them, and much more state of the art to them than their 707 fleet.
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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Mon May 04, 2009 6:05 am

The IRIAF 747-100SF are converted ex-TWA aircraft and were delivered to IIAF back in the 1970s. They are certainly not new to them. They are used as tanker transporters.
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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Mon May 04, 2009 2:43 pm

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.
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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Sat May 09, 2009 12:18 am

probably the same thing Qatar thinks it needs C17s for! (and Iran is a whole lot bigger than all the gulf states)
 
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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Sun May 10, 2009 2:28 am



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.
 
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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Sun May 10, 2009 6:32 am

Why would you need 'external body station identifiers' ?
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RE: What Does Iran AF Use All The 747's For?

Sun May 10, 2009 5:15 pm



Quoting Max Q (Reply 7):
Why would you need 'external body station identifiers' ?

You would need to ask the Iranians that question. But, the lines seem to be on top some of the production ribbing and stringers, perhaps every second rib.

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