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by kc135topboom
Wed May 15, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-22A upgrade 3.2B has new weapons, increased lethality
Replies: 0
Views: 624

F-22A upgrade 3.2B has new weapons, increased lethality

The U.S. Air Force is now integrating new weapons onto 143 F-22s to massively expand their target envelope, air-to-air attack range and lock-on-launch precision -- to preserve the widely held belief that the stealth fighter is the most advanced and dominant air-to-air fighter ever to exist. The actu...

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by kc135topboom
Tue May 14, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What Is The True Identity Of 99-6143? Analysis
Replies: 9
Views: 24389

Re: What Is The True Identity Of 99-6143? Analysis

The C-32Bs are thought to actually be owned by the US State Department, but are assigned to the US Air Force for routine maintenance and for flight operations. These C-32Bs are air refuelable the C-32As are not. The other difference is the C32As have PW-2040 engines and the C-32Bs have RB-211-535 en...

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by kc135topboom
Mon May 06, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 at Boeing Field
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

Re: C-5 at Boeing Field

Maybe the USAF is returning the FOD found on the newly delivered KC-46s?

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by kc135topboom
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Thanks for adding a professional assessment I’d like to see the boom operators station on the IIAF 747,I wonder if that’s a copy of the KC135 with the prone configuration or similar to the KC10 I have never seen the Boom Pod in the IIAF KC-747s. I have seen a picture taken of the Boom Pod from outs...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I agree, Stitch. But still, isn't every worker who touches a KC-46 required to clean up after themselves?

The P-8s are built on the B-737 commercial line, then go to the modification center, just like the KC-46.

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by kc135topboom
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 15978

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

The B-21 is going to need lots of construction at Dyess and Ellsworth. Not so much at Whiteman. Like the B-2A, each B-21 is going to need its own hanger to protect the stealth coatings on the ground in bad weather. Whiteman has 7 hangers that hold 2 B-2s each, the same design can be used at Ellswort...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC
Replies: 9
Views: 2989

Re: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC

300-MPH is way-to fast for low-altitude operations in [what amounts to] commercial airspace. It's based on the operational needs of the aircraft. A hundred years ago, when I was flying the T-38, 300 knots was our "everyday" airspeed for normal flight - which included under 10K. When I sta...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

The U.S. Air Force will begin accepting Boeing KC-46As later this month (April) Boeing ‘Embarrassed’ By KC-46A Debris Problems. See : https://aviationweek.com/defense/usaf-boeing-embarrassed-kc-46a-debris-problems Boeing should be embarrassed. They have no one to blame but themselves, their QA peop...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC
Replies: 9
Views: 2989

Re: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC

Aircraft whos performance requires higher airspeeds than 250 knots can fly faster the 250 KIAS below 10,000'. You just have to let ATC know it.

I really doubt this aircraft was the XQ-58, seeing it just had its first flight last month in Arizona.

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by kc135topboom
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I read that Pease here in New Hampshire was going to be rid of all their KC-135R's by the end of this month, even though the first KC-46 isn't due there until September or October. Does that compromise the mission at Pease, or are there enough assets around in the northeast to handle it all? The hi...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jet Blue Praises Cop Killer
Replies: 48
Views: 3754

Re: Jet Blue Praises Cop Killer

There also wouldn't have even been a Black Panther Party or Black Liberation Army if not for quite a few things that happened in United States history (and present, honestly), if you know what I mean. In other words, because the trans-Atlantic slave trade happened, and because Jim Crow happened, As...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jet Blue Praises Cop Killer
Replies: 48
Views: 3754

Re: Jet Blue Praises Cop Killer

Great source, the writer also writes for Breitbart..Glad to see the writer could analyze the situation from his home in Chicago. Godfather Politics is an extreme right wing website that publishes news and opinions that always favor the right and denigrate the left. There is over-the-top use of load...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jet Blue Praises Cop Killer
Replies: 48
Views: 3754

Jet Blue Praises Cop Killer

JB has made the bone head of PR with thier celebration of Black History Month here in the US. They put posters up in JFK honoring some of the most important Blacks in US history. February is Black History Month. But one poster has caught the eye of the flying public and they don't like it. The poste...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Sorry if this has already been discusses, but if so I couldn’t find it. Does anyone know the rationale for the USAF choosing the PW4000 to power the KC-46 over the General Electric CF6-80. The USAF already operated the CF6 on many airframes such as VC-25, KC-10, and C-5M, so there would be at least...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I just don’t know, I do know that looking through a piece of glass to look at the actual aircraft you’re refueling must be simpler, more straightforward and gives you the ‘real picture’ If it’s so complicated structurally to incorporate a boom operator station with a window then how has it worked s...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1718
Views: 378915

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Here is a video of the Atlas Air jet shortly before it crashed. It is a very short clip but nothing looks out of the ordinary to me. Does anyone else spot anything odd? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1869258/Video-Bystander-captures-moment-Boeing-767-cargo-plane-starts-crash.html I ha...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 383 returned to SFO
Replies: 5
Views: 1470

Re: AA 383 returned to SFO

It is fairly common. When I worked at DFW we would have an airplane return about 1-2 times per week. The returns were for various reasons from a blown tire on take-off roll to a medical emergency.

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Working in a Joint force air component commander (JFACC) element you will see that a lot of planning goes into how tanking works. Like you have said a mission will have plenty of tankers available for the strike/CAP package. It will not matter how big the tanker is, KC-130 all the way up to the KC-...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I realize that the KC-10 looks like an “easy kill” because of the service’s need to reduce budgets by operating fewer types of aircraft, and its parts availability. The shame is that the KC-10 really is the ideal tanker as it has the capability to take-off, travel 2-3 hours to an on-station area, r...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

That is a mission the USAF never plans for: 1. The KC-10 carries up to 365,000 lbs. of fuel 2. After flying 2 + hours to station, the KC-10 will have about 280K-300K of fuel remaining onboard. 3. The KC-10 would only be able to offloard about 200K max. 4. Otherwise the KC-10 would require refueling...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

What makes no sense to me as a layman is why the proven and simple window for the boomer was abandoned It may be proven, but it sounds like it is anything but simple in terms of structure and support systems. I would not be surprised if this played a role in the Dutch going remote with their KDC-10...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30104

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I realize that the KC-10 looks like an “easy kill” because of the service’s need to reduce budgets by operating fewer types of aircraft, and its parts availability. The shame is that the KC-10 really is the ideal tanker as it has the capability to take-off, travel 2-3 hours to an on-station area, r...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-135R vs KC-135T
Replies: 10
Views: 5828

Re: KC-135R vs KC-135T

The KC-135Q differed from the KC-135A with some additional avionics such as LORAN-C navigation and had a third UHF radio installed. It also carried a 800 lbs. of ballast in the forward lower nose compartment to alleviate % of MAC aft CG problems when all forward body fuel was pumped to the receiver....

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by kc135topboom
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 81
Views: 8477

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

Designing an airplane that can haul big oversized military vehicles is the easy and cheap part. Adding stealth, unprepared field, and other capabilities is what costs billions. Stealth is great, for the first few days of the war. After enemy radars and fighter support are defeated, you don't need it...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: In flight refueling to over MGTOW
Replies: 24
Views: 3945

Re: In flight refueling to over MGTOW

When you air refuel above MTOW, you are limited to a lower maneuvering load factor in "Gs". IIRC we could air refuel a EWO loaded B-52G to something like 512,000 lbs, well above the 488,000 lbs MTOW. But the bomber was limited to something like 1.5G maneuver load factor until he burned bac...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN
Replies: 65
Views: 8368

Re: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN

She could have called President Trump and asked to borrow one of the C-17s or KC-135s that are in Germany, LOL. The KC-135 could easily make the trip unrefueled, the C-17 would need to air refuel or land for fuel enroute.
If it ain't Boeing, it ain't going...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 4837

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

A SR-71 with an engine out, at FL-250 is really just a sitting duck. The fact the AJ-37s intercepted it confirms that. USSR Su-15s were 'on the way to intercept' the SR. The Soviets were probably flying the Su-15T/TM versions, which had an advanced radar. But once the Viggens were escorting the Blac...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 81
Views: 8477

Get rid of the expensive stealth requirements

If the USAF wants stealth in an airlifter, the A-400M or C-130J with thier 4 huge radar reflectors won't cut it. If you want to carry a 40 + tonne NGCV, the A-400M and C-130J won't cut it. What the USAF is looking for is an An-70/An-112KC type airplane with either the four counter-rotating props, or...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-135R vs KC-135T
Replies: 10
Views: 5828

Re: KC-135R vs KC-135T

The KC-135Q/T has a flood light mounted in the tail cone of the empennage that was used for the SR-71 and U-2E/F/G/H models which were air refuelable. The light atop the vertical fin was installed on all KC-135s.

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by kc135topboom
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C
Replies: 83
Views: 14183

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

There is a reason the RSAF ordered their E-3s and KE-3s as separate mission aircraft (the KE-3s today don't do the tanker mission anymore, they are doing the RC-135 type mission today, so they again rejected a hybrid mission design) . A multi-mission tanker/AWACS hybrid would be ineffective at both ...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution
Replies: 19
Views: 4404

Re: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution

The last IIAF F-14 sat in storage for years at McGuire AFB, NJ before it was turned over to the USN as an attrition aircraft. Iran took delivery of 4 KC-747-100s and 2 B-747-200Fs. They were to get 2 more KC-747s, I believe that were being modified into tankers. All the KC-747s were ex-TWA aircraft....

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by kc135topboom
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 154237

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

The bottom line is even the best 3D cameras are still not as good as the old Mk.1 eyeball looking through a window for depth perception. The KC-767A/Js and the KC-30/A-330MRTTs have a generation of cameras that is one generation older than those on the KC-46. But these cameras just are not good enou...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 21361

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

If the USAF were to reengine the B-52H, they need a cheap engine because they don't have the money for any other option. That said perhaps the best engine choice is the P&W JT-8D-219? You may only need 6 of them as each engine has about 6,000 lbs. more thrust that the TF-33s. The USAF already lo...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK to repalce AWACS
Replies: 56
Views: 6072

Re: UK to repalce AWACS

Putting the AWACS capability on a tanker, or a tanker capability on an AWACS is a bad idea. It will result in less capability for the tanker and AEW mission. You need two different airplanes, they can be the same airframe type, but you need two of them. Boeing has the KC-46/KC-767 design and also th...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump proposes new livery for AF1
Replies: 90
Views: 10386

Re: Trump proposes new livery for AF1

The new airplanes will be designated as VC-25Bs, the current VC-25As will revert to a back-up role, as the VC-137Cs did when the VC-25s came on line back in the late 1980s. The Jackie Kennedy design is nearly 60 years old. It is outdated on the VC-25A, C-32A, and C-40B. No one has said if Melania Tr...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 757's Parked at RIC
Replies: 12
Views: 2546

Re: 757's Parked at RIC

Both of the C-32Bs are ex-civilian airliners. They have been thought to change tail numbers. Both are air refuelable. They are owned by the USAF and fly missions at the direction of the State Department. These were originally built as B-757-223s, meaning they were originally built for American Airli...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Route Home from Singapore
Replies: 24
Views: 4392

Re: Air Force One Route Home from Singapore

C-17s were AF1 during the Bosnian conflict a few times. Had a crew and plane identified whenever the WHMO gave a heads-up to Scott. GF Have any sources for that? Clinton visited Bosnia 3 times after the conflict, the first one in 1996. Don't know if he flew in a C-17 then. The C-17 wasn't even oper...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Route Home from Singapore
Replies: 24
Views: 4392

Re: Air Force One Route Home from Singapore

Crete still doesn't make sense to me. Great circle from Crete to SIN takes you over Syria, Iraq, Iran and India. Somehow I doubt that Syria and Iran would be very happy allowing Air Force-1 to over fly their countries, not to mention many parts of Syria are still active war zones. This route is abou...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 234
Views: 50224

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

The fire burned into the avionics bay, probably also took out all the wiring harnesses too. My guess she is going to be scrapped. She will not be worth much without avionics. Yeah the engines will be salvaged and the flight control surfaces, along with the generators and hydraulic parts. The engines...

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by kc135topboom
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force 1 trip to Singapore flight plan
Replies: 17
Views: 5061

Re: Air Force 1 trip to Singapore flight plan

Is AF1 ever refuelled inflight when the President is on board? In another thread here it was claimed that President Carter had been onboard some E-4A in 1978 that received fuel in flight. Callsign should have been AF-1 shouldn't it? Somewhere else I read a rumor that one flight by President George ...

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by kc135topboom
Sun May 13, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VC-32 replacement
Replies: 37
Views: 6036

Re: VC-32 replacement

The USAF already has VIP B-737s, they are the C-40B/C. There would be no need to buy more to replace the C-32s (which are only slightly older than the C-32s). A VIP C-46 makes sense because the USAF has already paid the R&D. The C/VC-46 could retain the receiver air refueling receptacle of the K...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 154237

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

I don't know if the contract says that the KC-46 cannot scrape a stealth airframe or if the issue is that sometimes the boom operators do not detect that they have scraped an airframe (which has happened). Boeing is working on improving the contrast of the Remote Visual System so operators can bett...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 154237

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

Drogue refuelling has a slower flow rate. Tactically it means the receiver spends more time pulling gas from the tanker, and spending gas doing it, compared to a boom receiver. That higher flow rate from a boom only comes into play when refueling aircraft such as the B-52, C-5, C-17 etc. You use th...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 154237

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

Where's TopBoom these days? maybe he could shed some sanity on the issues. After all his endless digs at Airbus's tanker, he's probably too embarrassed to post. :wink2: Nope, the Airbus tanker is a non-issue for the USAF now. The scrapping issue is only a problem with stealth airplanes, the B-2, F-...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport
Replies: 37
Views: 5931

Re: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport

yes, but the F-35 sale is not certain. RCAF also has C-17s that boom refuels. The B-767-2C/KC-46 is much closer in size to the current CC-150s, and they work just fine for the RCAF.

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by kc135topboom
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport
Replies: 37
Views: 5931

Re: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport

The A-330 is way to big for Canada. The best new build airframe available would be a B-767-2C for the VIP, and 4 KC-46s without the Boom Air Refueling systems, perhaps a "B" model, just keeping the centerline drogue system and the WARPs.

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue
Replies: 50
Views: 10210

Re: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue

Are the AA planes flown to the desert with the blue stripe or is the repainting done before the aircraft's last flight? Usually it's done just after the plane arrives at the boneyard. Before I retired from DFW (i retired in 2009), AA airplanes that were being retired had the red cheat line over pai...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp
Replies: 7
Views: 1607

Re: E-8C JSTAR Engine Failure on Ramp

Must have been a huge uncontained engine failure to damage 4 additional E-8s in addition to the one who's engine was being run.

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by kc135topboom
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 154237

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

One of the thing always mentioned is the fact that the USAF has a large dedicated tanker fleet and a large cargo fleet, so the need for a multi-role tanker is minimal compared to other countries, ok, I get that. Now without having to review all the old tanker threads, the reason for the a/c to have...

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