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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: 570

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: 87
Views: 4973

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: 3462

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: 3143

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: 2581

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: 2399

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: 3382

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: 5952

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: 5465

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: 36
Views: 8294

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: 2420

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: 1386

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: 3234

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: 9965

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: 9965

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: 3425

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: 3943

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: 2784

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: 2303

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: 3446

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: 55930

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: 2719

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: 9463

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: 11087

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: 2436

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: 2436

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: 236
Views: 28649

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: 10863

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: 10863

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: 55930

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: 8187

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 Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 13474

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: 3934

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: 55930

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: 55930

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: 176
Views: 37840

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: 176
Views: 37840

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: 9631

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: 3152

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: 297
Views: 55930

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: 2696

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: 1610

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: 297
Views: 55930

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: 1521

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: 2775

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: 92
Views: 15795

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: 2831

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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