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by kc135topboom
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 51148

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

And yet the they have been in active service passing lots of fuel to US aircraft for years now. And considered safe and reliable enough to transport the Australian prime minister for a state visit to the US. Yet you just read it took AUS five years from initial hand off to full operational status f...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 51148

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

In 2005, the RAAF expected that deliveries would begin in late 2008 and be completed in 2010.[14] Deliveries fell two years behind schedule, in part because of delays in the boom's development. On 30 May 2011, KC-30A A39-003, the third converted A330, arrived at RAAF Base Amberley and was formally ...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 51148

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I could not help thinking of the recent KC-46 developments when I saw the Australian head of Government being welcomed in the US walking off a fully functional A330 MRTT. Would the USAF ever see the KC-46 being deemed safe enough for the US head of government to be transported on one. In 2005, the ...

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by kc135topboom
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 51148

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2019/09/11/air-force-restricts-kc-46-from-carrying-cargo-and-personnel/ Boeing, what's wrong with you? Are the MD guys still running the show at Boeing? Cargo floor locks are simple devices. You didn't have this problem with the C-17. So what did you change?

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by kc135topboom
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hurricane hunters question?
Replies: 13
Views: 2010

Re: Hurricane hunters question?

Navigators are needed to accurately plot the different features inside a hurricane which is vital data for forecasting the movement of the storm. FWIW the WC-135s also have a navigator, but the WC-135s are not hurricane hunters. They are used to plot where radiation is as well as other things the WC...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Military Aircraft
Replies: 3
Views: 842

Re: Military Aircraft

I myself find commercial airliners boring to look at. There are very few unique airliners. The B-737 series, B-757, B-767, and B-787 all look like the A-32X series, A-300, A-310, A-330 and A-350s. Only the B-747, B-777, A-340, and A-380 are stand outs. Military aircraft, OTOH, are very unique in gen...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Certification of space craft.
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Certification of space craft.

The FAA is ill equipped to regulate or certify space travel. They have zero experience with space travel and don't have any engineers if that field. The FAA isn't even equipped to regulate very high altitude air travel above FL-600. They have no pilots with that kind of experience. In the US there a...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tanker refueling question
Replies: 4
Views: 989

Re: Tanker refueling question

The SPR for the KC-135R, and all other Mission C-135s is in the right main gear wheel well. The KC-135Ts have two SPRs, one in each main gear wheel well.

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by kc135topboom
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15s at JFK
Replies: 12
Views: 1500

Re: F-15s at JFK

Hurricane evac? The hurricane hit the Carolinas coast, but was not forecast for NYC. I know the KC-135s from MacDill AFB evacuated to McConnell AFB.

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by kc135topboom
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3966

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

The USAF just took delivery of the last rewinged A-10, so they should stay until at least 2035, or so. Replacing the A-10 with the F-35 has been discussed to death. The A-10 is loved by the Grunts and the F-35 just doesn't have the capabilities to compete with the A-10 down in the mud. The KC-46, an...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan
Replies: 15
Views: 1802

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

The F-15X, as the AAM bus that it is to be, would have/could be much more disruptive. Probably too expensive And there is quality and quantity as they say Agree. Not only too expensive to operate per hour compared to the F-16V but introducing a whole additional airframe, when the Taiwanese already ...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10839

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

The budget already contains funds to repaint the VC-25As as part of their ongoing maintenance. Who says the President can’t tell them what color it has to be? Nonsense. The President does not have the authority to do so. The President does not control budgets, nor does he make or change laws. He ca...

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by kc135topboom
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10839

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

Sorry, but the new scheme is just not better than this: https://patch.com/img/cdn20/users/22872998/20160613/055859/styles/raw/public/article_images/air_force_one_1280x436.jpg . https://arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/JVQGX6DQ3IYVIHNRSNMNSARZAU.jpg It could be tweaked a bit in...

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by kc135topboom
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 51148

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Boeing, get your act together :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :talktothehand: :talktothehand: :talktothehand:

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by kc135topboom
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10839

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

I’m not terribly impressed by that piece of paper but the current livery is so hopelessly dated that I would love to see it brought into this century. And have something a little more American than powder blue and teal. It looks like my Grandmother’s living room lamps. Correct. The 'Jackie Kennedy ...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What happened to the Textron Scorpion ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1822

Re: What happened to the Textron Scorpion ?

If a General is not in charge of the program and can retire into a job with the company than the program isn't going anywhere. The same thing happened to the F-20.

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Re: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?

Air refueling is always an option. AF-1 pilots maintain air refueling proficiency in the E-4B and in the C-32B. But to schedule an air refueling requires the SS to fly aboard the tanker and the fuel aboard the tanker to be certified. Emergency refueling can happen as no one would have advanced know...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities
Replies: 304
Views: 41652

Re: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities

I wish DL would come back to DFW. All we can do right now from DFW is SLT or ATL direct on DL, plus Delta Connection. Years ago when DL was #2 at DFW, I would fly them everywhere, BOS, JFK, ATL, SFO, LAX, SEA, even HNL. Now I'm stuck with AA, and they suck. Or I fly DL and connect through ATL or SLT...

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by kc135topboom
Wed May 29, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 304
Views: 51148

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

When will the first KC-46 be delivered to PSM for the NHANG? Will it be a new delivery directly from Boeing, or will it be a transferred airplane from IAB or LTS?

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by kc135topboom
Wed May 29, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Re: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?

Air refueling is always an option. AF-1 pilots maintain air refueling proficiency in the E-4B and in the C-32B. But to schedule an air refueling requires the SS to fly aboard the tanker and the fuel aboard the tanker to be certified. Emergency refueling can happen as no one would have advanced knowl...

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by kc135topboom
Wed May 29, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 2007 Baghdad airstrike (Collateral Murder video)
Replies: 3
Views: 1254

Re: 2007 Baghdad airstrike (Collateral Murder video)

flaxgirl, military inert devices don't explode, they are used for training only. This was part of the many classified documents sent to WikiLeaks by traitor Chelsea Manning. The Apache drivers had US Troops that were moving into the area and suspected an ambush was being set up. Wikileaks edited the...

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by kc135topboom
Wed May 29, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 4303

Re: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution

I was never a fan of the F-14 until the "D" model came out with new engines.

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by kc135topboom
Wed May 29, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will LAX pass ATL to become the world's busiest airport?
Replies: 39
Views: 3716

Re: Will LAX pass ATL to become the world's busiest airport?

I think LAX will be busier than ATL starting in 2028, when they host the Olympics. Only for the one year of the Olympics. ATL will still be king of the airport hill. LAX is restrained because it cannot build more runways. The runways they have are not compliant with the FARs. Runways need to be 120...

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by kc135topboom
Sat May 25, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?
Replies: 13
Views: 3127

Re: Air Force One (lightly loaded B742 with B744 engines, VC-25A) can't fly ADW-HND (DC-Tokyo) non-stop!?

The VC-25A has an unrefueled range of 6,800 nm. Yes, it should have the range. However, great circle takes AF-1 directly over far east Russia and the Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as near Russian Air Force fighter and bomber bases there. The USAF may not have Russian approval for such an overflight, ...

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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: 1385

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
Mon May 06, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 at Boeing Field
Replies: 5
Views: 1635

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 90
Views: 21946

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: 3319

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 3319

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 47
Views: 3821

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: 47
Views: 3821

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: 47
Views: 3821

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 1727
Views: 388404

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: 1508

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 304
Views: 51148

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: 6174

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: 8788

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: 4070

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: 8657

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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