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by kc135topboom
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

2023 is three years from now. I doubt the USAF can wait until then for RVS 2.0. They need these tankers operational now if the want to really begin retiring the KC-135R/Ts in significant numbers. But those retirements will be slow in coming as the last KC-135 is currently scheduled to retire around ...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did USAF choose GE engines for both VC-25s?
Replies: 29
Views: 2180

Re: Why did Ronald Reagan choose GE engines for both VC-25s?

Would the E-4 be the only case (other than engine OEM testbeds) of a 747 being re-engined? The E-4B has not been re-engined. All four frames were delivered with the CF6-50E2 (F103 in military parlance) and that is the engine they have currently. The first 2 E-4As were delivered with JT9Ds (F105 in ...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Would the KC-25/33 been about to augment the KC-10?
Replies: 32
Views: 3136

Re: Would the KC-25/33 been about to augment the KC-10?

Are the Iranian Air Force´s 747-100 tanker/cargo aircraft considered as KC-25s or are they just called KC-747s? The IIAF tankers are call KC-747s and KC-707s. Both are essentially 'off the shelf airplanes modified with the KC-135 Boom and fuel lines'. The IIAF KC-747s started life as TWA B-747-100s...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 123
Views: 10440

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

If Boeing re-engines the 767-400ER with the same GEnX-2B used on the 747-8 for domestic freighters, the same aircraft would make an excellent replacement for the KC-10. This would keep lots of commonality with the KC-46 and a the same pilot rating No, it wouldn’t. The initial offload capability isn...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Military Flight Jackets
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Military Flight Jackets

I don't know how to do that, either.

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by kc135topboom
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Military Flight Jackets
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Military Flight Jackets

I got mine issued to me back in the 1980s. I still have it with my name tag, wings and rank. It also has a Strategic Air Command patch on it.

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by kc135topboom
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 18233

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Is a twin engine C-46/B-767 able to generate enough electrical power, even with GEnx engines? The power requirements for an E-4B is enormous. I can't see any twin engine jet being able to run such huge generators except for maybe a GE-90 equipped B-777 derivative. That is why I believe a B-747-8 is ...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10070

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

Airplanes have to be painted from time to time to help control or prevent corrosion. I think the Voyager looks good. You don't need grey paint to complete a military mission. Former RAF tankers did not look a lot different than this one does. The RAF's former VC-10 tankers: https://upload.wikimedia....

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 92
Views: 10070

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

Apologies to my British friends, but I don't see a problem painting one jet for VIP transport. Aircraft repainting is part of the maintenance upkeep on airplanes. The old paint is stripped off, any corrosion is repaired, then it is painted again. Canada has a special VIP painted CC-150. Australia ha...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

This is not the Boeing many of us remember. Something has gone seriously awry, there is much more discussion of that in Civil Aviation naturally and with informed commentators within the aviation and business world. Sad to see a once great company that built reliable and respected products flush it...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged
Replies: 21
Views: 3723

Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Maybe PM Trudeau can ask President Trump for a lift on AF-1?

He could also ask to borrow two C-32As or C-40Bs from the USAF.

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by kc135topboom
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 100
Views: 7502

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

texl1649 wrote:
I just can’t fathom Germany ever acquiring a Boeing 7-series anything.



Why not, the Luftwaffe flew the B-707 well into the 1990s.

LH has a lot of experience with the Boeing 7-Series, including the B-737.

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by kc135topboom
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 3698

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

The Chinese and the Russians learned nothing from the PLAAF J-8-IIM collision with a USN EP-3E back in 2001.

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by kc135topboom
Mon May 25, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Thanks LyleLanley ! :bigthumbsup: No worries! I see your point with the A-400, but there are some important differences. Airbus didn't brag about their decades of tactical airlift experience. Nor did Airbus claim to be the 'low-risk' manufacturer with a proven airframe and decades of experience beh...

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by kc135topboom
Mon May 25, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

So for now, the USAF is stuck with 30 aircraft it cannot use. Just to understand, do you mean "not to use in operations" doesn't prohibit training over US soil ? I know it was debatted months ago but now I can't find the discussion. The pilot can stay current doing cargo missions but isn'...

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by kc135topboom
Sat May 23, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28789

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

One of the engines considered for the B-52 reengining program is the GE CF-34-10E, with 20,360 lbs. of thrust (a modest increase over the current TF-33-P-3/-103, which has 17,000 lbs. of thrust), but has a dry weight nearly 1,000 lbs. lighter than the older engine (TF-33-P-3/-103 = 4,650 lbs. vs. CF...

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by kc135topboom
Fri May 22, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28789

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Thrust reversers were offered with the KC-135R reengine program, the CFM-56 (F-108) engines were equipped with the mountings. SAC maintenance did not want them, fearing it would add to maintenance hours per tanker. So they were designed out of the modification. The modification did include new landi...

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by kc135topboom
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan
Replies: 40
Views: 9434

Re: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan

What Taiwan really needs is a mix of the F-16V, F-15SE/2040C, F-35C, a squadron of E-7 AEW&C, and 2 squadrons of KC-135Rs.

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by kc135topboom
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canadian C-148 Helicopter missing presumed crashed
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: Canadian C-148 Helicopter missing presumed crashed

Praying the SAR Forces finds the crew alive, maybe a little wet, but alive.

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by kc135topboom
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

LyleLanley, keep in mind that the USAF uses it tankers a lot differently than the RAAF, or any other Air Force. Also remember the USAF had to go with the lowest bidder that met the RFP. They are buying 179 new tankers, the KC-46 fit that bill, the KC-45 did not for price or for the RFP. A-330MRTT cu...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Rafale Ejection Incident March 20 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2558

Re: French Rafale Ejection Incident March 20 2019

In the USAF, heads would roll for an incident like this. Is it the same in the French Air Force?

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by kc135topboom
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air national guard deployment
Replies: 18
Views: 1516

Re: Air national guard deployment

There is apparently one USMC Reserve F/A-18+ squadron based at NAS JRB Fort Worth Texas. I do not believe that USMC F/A-18 pilots are currently required to be/ maintain carrier qualifications. Could be wrong about that though. I believe the USMCR at Carswell flies the KC-135J and the F/A-18C/Ds are...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Maybe Boeing should offer the USAF new build KC-135s?

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by kc135topboom
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favourite World War Two Light/Medium Bomber
Replies: 19
Views: 1411

Re: Favourite World War Two Light/Medium Bomber

My choice would be the B-25 Mitchell. More than 9800 were built before and during WWII. It was made or converted to a bomber, recon/photo, weather recon, trainer, gun ship transport, and VIP transport. Its most famous use was the Doolittle Raid. The gun ship version sported a 75mm cannon, the larges...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favourite World War Two Fighter
Replies: 35
Views: 2633

Re: Favourite World War Two Fighter

For me it is:

US
P-38
P-40
F6F
P-51

UK
Hurricane
Mosquito F/NF

Germany
Bf-109
Me-110
Me-262

Japan
A6M
N1K

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by kc135topboom
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 86
Views: 12823

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

The VTANG is transitioning from thier F-16C/Ds to the F-35A right now, the first ANG squadron to do so. They will change missions from A2A to A2G, leaving the only A2A squadron in New England to the MAANG F-15C/Ds. So the MAANG should transition to the new F-15EX at sometime soon. With the NHANG get...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2637

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

P&W had exclusive engines for: C-17 KC-46A F-22 F-35 50% F-16 50% F-15 F-15E E-3 (USAF, NATO) E-8A/C C/EC/KC-135A/Q/C/E B-52 (all models) C-141 F/FB/EF-111 F-4 VC-137 C/VC-32A A/EA-6 A/EA/ERA-3 F-14A/B They also refurbish most of these engines. They don't need to build engines for the F-15EX. P&...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Here is an interesting article: https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/z/western-tanker-aircraft-service-fleets-family-2019-2029?utm_rid=CPEN1000001205616&utm_campaign=23464&utm_medium=email&elq2=15d9c298105c454ebbf795a25ea0ece7 Notice there are no KC-10s by 2029? I did notice that, but...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

All of my tanker time was in the KC-135A/E/Q. In the thousands of contacts I made (most in training) in thousands refuelings (training and operational) I had never had a 'limit disconnect'. Some receivers came close, but with a little coaching (from me or an IP in the receiver) they were able to ha...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Squads the convert to F35 (Where do old aircraft go)
Replies: 7
Views: 3982

Re: Squads the convert to F35 (Where do old aircraft go)

The VTANG, who will be exchanging thier F-16C/Ds for new build F-35As will be sending thier F-16s to other ANG and USAFR squadrons.

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by kc135topboom
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/ ... a25ea0ece7

Notice there are no KC-10s by 2029?
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Here is an interesting article:

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/ ... a25ea0ece7

Notice there are no KC-10s by 2029?

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by kc135topboom
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

The KC-10 has a bigger air refueling envelope because the KC-10 Boom is longer than the Boom on the KC-135, thus the receiver is actually further away from the tanker during boom air refueling by about 5'-6'. But the Boeing Flight Test Boom Operator is right, a bigger envelope behind the KC-135 wou...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 18233

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

The VC-25A pilots and crews maintain thier A/R currency in the E-4B.

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Govt approves sale of KC-46 to Israel
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Re: US Govt approves sale of KC-46 to Israel

This is a good move by Israel. Thier KC-707s are getting very worn out. Remember it was just about 10-12 years ago Israel finally changed out the original JT-3C engines for the JT-3D engines. The JT-3Cs only came from Boeing on the early build B-707s.

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Given that KC-767s already exist and are doing good work, I still don't completely understand how Boeing managed to screw it up so badly by trying to fix something that wasn't broken. They could have just taken the KC-767 and mass produced it. Its not that simple. The KC-46A is a very different ani...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Given that KC-767s already exist and are doing good work, I still don't completely understand how Boeing managed to screw it up so badly by trying to fix something that wasn't broken. They could have just taken the KC-767 and mass produced it. Corporate arrogance. And the KC-767 would’ve basically ...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 186
Views: 14649

Re: VC-25 Pre-Prod.

Back in the mid 1980s I was delivering a KC-135A to what was then Boeing-Wichita for depot level scheduled maintenance. There were the two VC-25As on the ramp awaiting something. They were still green and already had the air refueling receptacles installed. We were parked between them on the ramp. T...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Luckely the USAF has some KC-97L back up tankers, temporally stored at Davis-Monthan AFB, and certified for refueling of the A-10 fleet :biggrin: https://airrefuelingarchive.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/051128-f-1234p-025.jpg Copyright USAF Two Fairchild Republic A-10As refuel with a Boeing KC-97L S...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 2 Syrian su24s shot down by Turkey's f16s
Replies: 36
Views: 3125

Re: 2 Syrian su24s shot down by Turkey's f16s

Western jets seem to come up on top in every conflict since the gulf war. Though the su24 is a dated jet as compared to the new gen f16s. I believe a Russian piloted su24 was also shot down a few years back by turkey. Wonder where the Syrian S-200 / 300 missile systems were, though. Protecting high...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Less weight, less maintenance, more reliability, less purchase price, and (as long as the Air Force does not use icy runways) no problems. Or for the price of one set of TR cascades, blocker doors, and actuators, you can pay the cost of keeping one runway deiced for a decade :spin: I'm talking abou...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cheapest AEW
Replies: 20
Views: 2467

Re: Cheapest AEW

I seem to recall that Ukraine still has an An-71 as a museum piece. They did try to sell it to India about 15 years ago. There were only 3 built and this one was suppose to have the full mission suite. The USSR canceled the program back when the USSR broke up in 1990. You might be able to pick that ...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

I don't understand this. The photos I've seen of the KC-46 show a clear interior ready for cargo, and not a fill-every-space gas tank. I could've written that better as "the KC-46 is volume-limited underneath its cargo floor". If Boeing fitted a conventional (window) ARO station to the KC...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 26
Views: 2556

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

Well, sort of, but not really. The B-1A was designed for high altitude flying/missions, not nap of the earth low level penetrations as the B-1B wound up being adapted for (under Reagan). The evolution to low altitude missions only is interesting (discussion at second link). The Tomahawks ultimately...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Threats to Stealth Aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 2088

Re: Threats to Stealth Aircraft

The biggest threat to stealth aircraft right now is sound. The F-35 in full burner (reheat) (built down the street from where I live in Fort Worth) is as loud, if not louder as a KC-135A take-off with water injection. The F-35B is the loudest of the bunch, but the F-35A/C also produce a lot of sound...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Who's KC-135s have the KAPPA vision system been installed on? Why was it installed, for flight testing? I thought that was why it was installed on the A-310MRTT.

Is KAPPA better than the original air refueling vision system originally installed on the KC-30/A-330MRTT?

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by kc135topboom
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

[quote="kanban"][quote="LyleLanley"] The F-35s "zipping around for PR" were damn near the first brand new western aircraft to go feet dry over Persia since the late 70s. You can't fight an aircraft you can't see. The Iranian brass know that, the Iranian F-14 and F-4 bub...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2020
Replies: 87
Views: 12340

Re: A400M Update Thread 2020

Wow, check out this air drop video with a Spanish A400M: https://twitter.com/AgueraMartin/status/1221019460708028416 Crazy, must have been packed inside like sardines before the jump. Packed as designed actually, 114 paratroopers jumped for 116 troop seat. http://www.ejercitodelaire.mde.es/EA/ejerc...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

How many KC-46s are now at: Altus McConnell Pease Two more deliveries for Pease : L/N 1120 C/N 34138 B767-2LKC 16-46019 USAF KC-46A (VH019) LRIP 2, #08/12, N5514K, tail 66019 was delivered BFI-PSM at January 10th 2020 with callsign PACK51 to 157ARW L/N 1119 C/N 34135 B767-2LKC 16-46018 USAF KC-46A ...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296672

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Everything was normal, including communications with ATC until she reached 7,650' and 276 knots. Then nothing but a fireball descending towards Earth. The airplane just came out of a scheduled maintenance check (B Check?). There were 176 people aboard, including 9 Ukrainian crew, 82 Iranians, 63 Can...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37272

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

It has been suggested multiple times that the tanker fleet would make great comms nodes and now a subset of kc-135s are being modified for the role. Interestingly the KC-46 has clearly been designed with this in mind and the current airframe has everything it would need without major modification. ...

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