|Quoting tsugambler (Reply 5):|
What's the difference? Why are there different types of miles?
|Quoting tsugambler (Thread starter):|
I know a regular DC-10-30 has a range of about 10,000km (6200 miles)... but what about the KC-10? I've read that , as a tanker, it can draw on internal fuel stores, which makes it the longest-range production aircraft ever. What would its theoretical range be if it used all the fuel from all of its tanks?
|Quoting Max Q (Reply 6):|
Sometimes, when an article is written about how far or fast an Aircraft can fly the writer will convert this value to Statute Miles to make it sound even more impressive (it will be larger)
|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 11):|
I wore Command Aircrew Wings and was also an Instructor Boom Operator.
|Quoting tsugambler (Reply 3):|
11,500 miles, huh? That's one heck of a long flight... almost 20 hours by my calculations!
|Quoting PolymerPlane (Reply 13):|
The 777-200LR has much longer leg, 11,664 NM, or 13,400 miles, in 22 hr 40 min, with 35 souls on board.
|Quoting Max Q (Reply 14):|
Kind of meaningless, it was a specially planned flight with next to no payload and all three auxiliary fuel tanks were installed (which no Airline customer uses as it cuts into freight payload)
The KC10 on the other hand can fly nearly as far with no special modifications or planning.
|Quoting PolymerPlane (Reply 15):|
How do you think KC-10 stores its extra fuel? it's actually in the under floor cargo hold. The most DC-10 can carry was 240klbs, while the KC-10 can carry 356klbs. I would argue that the 772LR record breaking flight did not need "special" modification. Fact is that the aux tank is an OEM option, which means it is commercially available, not "special" as you'd call. If your car has the optional navigation system, does it mean it needs "special" modification?
I'm not arguing whether the 777 flight was or was not meaningless, but the OP's concern was the maximum zero payload range.