The real travesty is that the Air Force is only utilizing the Tankers at an average rate of only 750/hours per year. Do we really need that many birds sitting around on the ground all over the place doing nothing? Maybe they don't need them as urgently as they say they need them.
750 hours per year for a piece of equipment that costs over 135 million is just not a good allocation of resources to begin with. If they need freight hauling capacity, it would be far cheaper to contract the capacity with the likes of Evergreen, Polar, UPS or anyone else in the fright hauling business than to the fill the lift capability themselves with new birds that then just sit around.
No wonder the U.S. is massively over spending. The U.S. military is mis using tax payer dollars, IMHO. B-2's at 1.1 billion a piece to do something other aircraft can do far cheaper, F-22s at 250 million a piece, etc.....when is the insanity going to stop?
As a U.S. taxpayer, I'm appalled. The total contract should be reduced far bellow 179 aircraft if all the lift the USAF
really needs is a utilization rate of 750 hours per year per frame at 179 frames. I know you can't use these like commercial operators, but at 750 hour per year annualized utilization makes these Tankers an expensive ramp ornament. By utilizing them for so little, it is also clear that the cargo hauling capacity is not a priority at all.
Buying only what they need as far as tanking is concerned and ignoring the cargo capability is more logical as they make extremely expensive and underutilized cargo haulers - not matter which one. The KC
-767 is actually better when the cargo role is ignored, which it should be.
Pure cargo haulers are far cheaper and efficient in what they do and cargo hauling should be outsourced as much as possible - as it's cheaper. For where ever a A330 can land, so can a commercial freighter. Want to haul wounded soldiers out, like the USAF
guy said in the Tanker decision? Well then, buy and convert some old 747BCFs to do that or even some 777Fs. Germany has two such converted A300 flying hospitals on standby at all times.
Tankers should only Tank and Cargo should be put on cargo planes. Clearly the USAF
boys are not the sharpest tools in the shed and spend like drunken sailors.