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tx_flyer    0

UPT stud here. If I wanted to end up in KC-46s, would a recommended route be to go 10s or 135s first? I know that location, luck, timing etc all factor into it,  but just wondering what time of insights I can get from you all.

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sforron    36
11 minutes ago, tx_flyer said:

UPT stud here. If I wanted to end up in KC-46s, would a recommended route be to go 10s or 135s first? I know that location, luck, timing etc all factor into it,  but just wondering what time of insights I can get from you all.

All of the -10s have been announced as on the list to be replaced by -46s. Only some of the -135s are.

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Truman08    3
1 minute ago, tx_flyer said:

UPT stud here. If I wanted to end up in KC-46s, would a recommended route be to go 10s or 135s first? I know that location, luck, timing etc all factor into it,  but just wondering what time of insights I can get from you all.

Just my $0.02, but from what I understand from the two first "hiring" boards, both tanker and receiver experience was required. That would lend itself to KC-10 experience over 135. That said, word is the next hiring will open itself to the rest of the MAF, not necessarily requiring both sets of experience. Again, maybe somebody directly involved at the FTU or IOT&E can chime in but that's what I've heard. 

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tx_flyer    0
2 hours ago, Truman08 said:

Just my $0.02, but from what I understand from the two first "hiring" boards, both tanker and receiver experience was required. That would lend itself to KC-10 experience over 135. That said, word is the next hiring will open itself to the rest of the MAF, not necessarily requiring both sets of experience. Again, maybe somebody directly involved at the FTU or IOT&E can chime in but that's what I've heard. 

That makes sense, thanks!

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AC&W    0
On 8/15/2017 at 10:17 AM, Heavywanabe said:

Interesting enough the 707 was actually developed as a tanker first, then converted to a civilian airliner. 

Technically the 367-80 was developed in Boeing's gamble to create a long range jet aircraft. The Dash-80 prototype led to the commercial 707 and military KC-135.

"Both planes shared the basic design of the Dash 80 but were very different airplanes, neither one being a derivative of the other."

http://www.boeing.com/history/products/707.page 

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Tonka    115
On 08/14/2017 at 9:42 AM, Azimuth said:

Both the USAF Booms that I know (one retired, one that did the exchange to Australia) that flew on it, love it.  YMMV.

yeah,  but we're extrapolating data to say it'd be something we'd want. Being a great platform in civilian airspace with maybe a half dozen receivers doesn't mean it'd be good at what we need it for. The control surfaces on the boom are probably too small for our range of receivers... it'd take us 5+ years to certify all our mds, assuming we could. Want defensive systems? Another couple years.

46 sucks and Boeing will deliver a useless, non - mission capable aircraft to meet the contact... I bet it sits 6-9 months after the ferry flight. 

If we're smart, we will renegotiate the contact and fix everything now and take our losses.  But we won't.  We don't want it unless it's fixed and Boeing won't fix it. Boeing walks away and then we start all over.

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Orbit    24
10 hours ago, AC&W said:

Technically the 367-80 was developed in Boeing's gamble to create a long range jet aircraft. The Dash-80 prototype led to the commercial 707 and military KC-135.

"Both planes shared the basic design of the Dash 80 but were very different airplanes, neither one being a derivative of the other."

http://www.boeing.com/history/products/707.page 

Back when Boeing knew how to do it right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8__rtimdCnA

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