Greetings to all...
I have "enjoyed" many long flights on C-5s, KC
-10s, C-130s, and KC
-135s, going to and from TDYs and deployments. Having few or no windows onboard to look out of sucks like a vacuum cleaner. However, KC
-10s and KC
-135s do have one distinct advantage - the air refuelling compartment in back. Sometimes, passengers are allowed to watch refuelling operations via the observer windows on each side of the boom operator. One trip that stands out involved a KC
-135 with a "comfort pallet" (airline seats, some with tables in between) installed. We have very few passengers OR
cargo onboard (just fuel, ourselves, and our baggage), so us passengers could play cards, sleep on the floor or on the baggage pallet, stare out the side windows, stand in the cockpit and watch the view up front (permitted by the aircrew on this trip since there were so few of us), or watch the views from behind / below in back. This extra viewing options made up for the few side windows installed on the plane (especially since this trip lasted for 4 days). I definitely wouldn't have wanted to make the trip in a C-5!
|Quoting Liedetectors (Reply 31):|
Notice there are more KC135s still around then there are 707s. And more KC10s as opposed to DC-10s
I can't argue with anything you had posted up until this point, but I must point out that the primary reason that there are so many KC
-135s and KC
-10s remaining is not simply because they don't have windows, but because the Air Force is trying to get their money's worth out of them by using them until they can't use them anymore - that, and also because we do not currently have in our possession any aircraft that could replace either of them - a problem airlines do not have to deal with. Being for-profit operations involving passengers, they are more interested in programs like fleet renewal than the Air Force is. Come to think of it, what about cargo airlines? Some seem to be interested in maintaining aircraft (DC-8s and etc) for longer periods of time before replacement because it makes financial sense to do so, and because there are no passengers on board to whinge about the (lack of) windows.
Oops - got way off topic. My bad...
Be well everybody!