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by kc135topboom
Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 148
Views: 51315

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

The B-21 will not be bombing from FL-400. It will be down to around FL-200, and maybe as low as 15,000', just as the B-2s were during their 'shock and aw' missions over Bagdad. Eventually it will be a low level bomber, just like the B-1 and B-52 are and the FB-111 was.

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by kc135topboom
Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 76
Views: 16448

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Total cost overruns are now in excess of $5 billion. Unfortunately, we will never know how Airbus would have delivered on the 330. Perhaps better. But I have always maintained that it was too big. Imho, the USAF needed a relatively larger number of smaller airframes due to the tanking requirements ...

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by kc135topboom
Thu Jul 08, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 56
Views: 4486

Re: Stealth is very important

Kitplane 01 wrote: "4- Stealth is very important. Any stealthy airplane can beat in beyond-visual-range combat any non-stealthy airplanes. Between an F-35 and any of F-15, Su-35, Eurofighter, etc. the F-35 wins." No, any good F-15, F-16, Eurofighter, Rafale, or FA-18E/F pilot would fire on...

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by kc135topboom
Thu Jul 08, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 148
Views: 51315

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

I live about 2 miles from the Fort Worth LM plant where the F-35 is made. I can tell you the F-135 engine is the loudest engine in the US Military inventory right now. With AB or without AB, it is very loud. It doesn't matter if it is an F-35A, F-35B. or F-35C, they are all very loud. If they are pu...

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by kc135topboom
Thu Jul 08, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-3 crashed in Colombia July 8, 2021
Replies: 38
Views: 7753

Re: DC-3 crashed in Columbia today

blacksoviet wrote:
Will Boeing or the NTSB send one of their investigators?


Boeing may or may not send an investigator.

The NTSB cannot sent an investigator unless they are asked or invited by the Colombian government.

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jul 04, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Philippines military plane crashes with at least 85 on board
Replies: 7
Views: 1908

Re: Philippines military plane crashes with at least 85 on board

Last I heard there were 50 survivors and 31 fatalities.

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jul 04, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18374

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Unless Airbus would propose the A-330F in an MRTT form I don't think the USAF would be interested. The A-330MRTT in its current form is a pax airplane that doubles as a tanker. The USAF would want a main deck cargo door, a real freighter main deck cargo floor, and almost no windows.

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by kc135topboom
Sun Jul 04, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 86982

Re: 737 Cargo in water at HNL

Seems pretty close to the coast, any idea of the water depth around there? I'm so happy they're alright. I'm an oceanographer - I think it's around 25 - 35 m in that area. So glad the pilots were rescued! In 2002 the IJN 2 man submarine that was sunk just 3-4 miles from Pearl Harbor by the USS Ward...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: HvKK to Replace KC-135R Statotankers with A330 MRTTs
Replies: 3
Views: 1748

Re: HvKK to Replace KC-135R Statotankers with A330 MRTTs

Will Turkey be returning the KC-135s to the US, like the RSAF did?

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by kc135topboom
Sun May 02, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia and India military sales approved
Replies: 1
Views: 1273

Re: Australia and India military sales approved

Good news for the RAAF and the IAF.

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by kc135topboom
Sun May 02, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 8967

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

If there is going to be a sister aircraft to the KC-46A, they will most likely be new build: RC-46s to replace the RC-135s. EC-46s to replace the USN E-6s. E-46s to replace the E-3AWACSs. There may even be 18-26 TC-46 dedicated trainers for all variants of the KC-46. A TC-46 can have the duel role o...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Defence Command Paper: RAF to Axe C-130 Fleet by 2023
Replies: 40
Views: 3780

Re: UK Defence Command Paper: RAF to Axe C-130 Fleet by 2023

The British are doing what they do best, slashing their own military forces. Along with retiring the C-130J/J-30s, they also cut the E-7A Wedgetail from 5 aircraft to just 3, the E-3Ds will be all gone by the end of this year. Just 60 years ago the UK had a very powerful military. Then they slashed ...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A natural replacement for the RAF's BAe-146 'Statesman' aircraft?
Replies: 15
Views: 3779

Re: A natural replacement for the RAF's BAe-146 'Statesman' aircraft?

B-737BBJ. There are some used models available for sale. Or the RAF could order a new build from Boeing. Since the RAF is ordering the P-8 MRA1, they could order an extra one as a B-737BBJ-2. The RAF has 5 E-7 AEW1 on order. Two will be rebuilt used aircraft, the remaining 3 will be new builds from ...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2745

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

If NASA wanted a B-747-LCF, the FAA would not stand in the way. A much cheaper alternative would be a retired USAF C-5A/B from the Boneyard. NASA could have as many as they want, but I don't think they would need more than 3 or 4. These C-5A/Bs could be brought up to the C-5AMP and C-5M configuratio...

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by kc135topboom
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Rafale Cuts Power Lines
Replies: 12
Views: 2508

Re: French Rafale Cuts Power Lines

I recall that there was a USAF jet that hit a cable car cable and killed a bunch of the cable car's passengers but that was quite a while ago. Per the article, the French already hit power lines in 2012 and 2014 with a Mirage 2000 and a Rafale, respectively. Both managed to land safely. It appears ...

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by kc135topboom
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why are aerial refueling aircraft build new?
Replies: 47
Views: 3610

Re: Why are aerial refueling aircraft build new?

Mortyman wrote:
The Airbus 330 Mrtt is not only a tanker but also a cargo and troop transport.



As is the KC-135, KC-10, KC-46, KE-3, KC-137, B-707TT, and KC-767.

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by kc135topboom
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why no KC-24, KC-11 or A300 MRTT
Replies: 47
Views: 6132

Re: Why no KC-24, KC-11 or A300 MRTT

For the A300, (a) it's a short haul aircraft, I doubt that it would've offered much improvement over the KC-135, let alone the KC-10 or L1011. (b) Airbus at the time was a strictly civilian manufacturer. EADS (now Airbus Group) didn't form until the year 2000. Of course the individual companies, e....

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by kc135topboom
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10A retirement
Replies: 30
Views: 5774

Re: KC-10A retirement

The USAF has never has any kind of organization when it comes to retirements. Usually retirements come along when a jet hits a critical maintenance requirement like a C/D check. Congress has slowed down the KC-10 retirements due to the KC-46 issues still plaguing the fleet. Originally 16 were suppo...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 76
Views: 16448

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Happy New Year! FIrst post ever for me. Anyone have the delivery information on these tankers? I'm talking about the paperwork transfer date, that you USED to be able to see on the BOE website. I know the "delivery date" for the P-8A Poseidon is the date of first flight, but I can't find ...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: XB-70 variant proposals; including a tanker
Replies: 19
Views: 2590

Re: XB-70 variant proposals; including a tanker

Supersonic tanking is...quite a novel idea. Paging KC135TopBoom... https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37793/all-the-crazy-proposed-variants-of-the-b-70-valkyrie-super-bomber https://www.thedrive.com/content-b/message-editor%2F1606173869419-b-70variants-15.jpg?quality=60 The document covers a num...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chose your equipment
Replies: 16
Views: 1494

Re: Chose your equipment

My goal would be to get as much capability as possible for the budget. As few aircraft types as possible with no niche aircraft. Aircraft that can perform multiple roles or have good flexibility has an advantage. I would evenly space the aircraft so the cabaility gap between them is large but manag...

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by kc135topboom
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Netherlands C-130H replacement
Replies: 20
Views: 3369

Re: Netherlands C-130H replacement

I guess the Dutch won't set up their own infrastructure for A400M's, at least not for a few. So they might operate in Melsbroek under EATC. Melsbroek which is not so far from Eindhoven (125km). 55nm is a long way when you need major maintenance such as an unscheduled engine change or repair sever d...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 10307

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

The Mig-17/-19/-21s never achieved parity with the US Navy or the USAF. The bombers (F-4s, F-105s, A-1s, A-4s, A-6s, and A-7s) did have trouble if the did not have escort fighters. But more US bombers were shot down by SAMs and AAA than by NVAF fighters. The USAF F-111s did not have a problem with V...

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by kc135topboom
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 10307

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

Of the McHamera-era boondoggles, the C-5 was far from the worst. The F-111 story was arguably worse, cancelled Navy version, marginal FB version and three versions of okay fighter-bombers that only served in combat during a 40-day war at the end of their life. The C-5 still serves pretty well. Wake...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF E-3G Replacement (and E-8)
Replies: 31
Views: 3534

Re: USAF E-3G Replacement (and E-8)

Actually, the E-7 may not fill the E-3 role for the US and NATO. It does not have enough room for a full Battle Staff. A better replacement is a version of the USAF KC-46 or JASDF E-767. Large enough to fill the E-3, E-8, and Battle Staff functions. Replace the PW-4062 engines with the same GEnx1B74...

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by kc135topboom
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Military Procurement post 1950
Replies: 32
Views: 4086

Re: Best Military Procurement post 1950

The KC-135, CH-47, UH-1 (and all variants), B-52, FB-111, EC/RC/TC/WC-135, C/AC/EC/HC/MC/RC-130, CH/HH-3/-53, SR-71, U-2, P/EP-3, Tornado, Eurofighter, E-3, E-4.

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by kc135topboom
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One cargo deck air stairs
Replies: 4
Views: 2833

Re: Air Force One cargo deck air stairs

One interesting fact about the two VC-25As is they are the only B-747s with lower deck cargo doors on both sides. The VC-25Bs will have this feature, too.

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by kc135topboom
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AF2 Birdstrike at MHT
Replies: 7
Views: 2353

Re: AF2 Birdstrike at MHT

Bird strikes can happen to any airplane. The C-32 is no different.

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by kc135topboom
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Agility Boom: Fueling innovation and the air forces blunt layer
Replies: 20
Views: 3530

Re: Agility Boom: Fueling innovation and the air forces blunt layer

The USAF F-35A fleet has the space for a probe available. So it would be very easy to convert their F-35A fleet to probe and drogue. I think tankers getting shot down is the achilles heel of the USAF and they know it. The MQ-25 or similar will definitely get purchased by the USAF along with a much ...

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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: 297
Views: 57139

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: 2831

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: 82
Views: 9752

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: 11411

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: 2519

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: 2519

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: 246
Views: 31459

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: 11112

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: 11112

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: 297
Views: 57139

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: 41
Views: 8399

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: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 242
Views: 27215

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: 4050

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: 297
Views: 57139

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: 297
Views: 57139

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: 195
Views: 45160

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: 195
Views: 45160

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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