|Quoting boacvc10 (Thread starter):|
Why? Well, perhaps to keep the C-17 production line open, while retiring the KC-10 etc.
|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):|
It might be possible, as Stitch suggested. It would by like the KC/HC-130 tankers, with WARPs mounted on the wings. But I don't know if the wings are strong enough to add more weight near the wing tips. The wings already carry four heavy engines, and winglets, plus most of the fuel is stored in the wings.
|Quoting bunumuring (Reply 5):|
Perhaps in the decades to come water bombing C-17s may be developed, for their possible post-military life, especially if any are declared surplus to USAF requirements?
|Quoting bikerthai (Reply 7):|
The P-3 would probably be a better fire fighter plane and the conversion design is already done.
|Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 6):|
The issue is that with the KC/HC-130 tankers, the location of the WARPs is in the exact same location the external wing mounted fuel tank is present. The wing was modified and strengthened as a result of the installation of the external fuel tanks and adjustments were made to the controls as well.
|Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 9):|
The economics might be bad as well... being good at the crazy things the C-17 is good at might not translate into a good tanker
|Quoting thegman (Reply 11):|
There is no need for a tanker to operate on un-paved runways, or unload cargo with a ramp
|Quoting infiniti329 (Reply 3):|
The USAF has tankers upon tankers upon tankers. Roughly 450+ in the inventory, with another 179 on order. A tankerized C-17 is not needed.
|Quoting cobra27 (Reply 13):|
Well said, they have more tankers than many other air forces have aircraft. I always wondered why do you need to have 500 tankers? How many hours do they fly a year?
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