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Number of Tankings

Old 9th Aug 2008, 22:49
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Number of Tankings

Would some kind person hazard a guess at the number of tankings or stopoverís a Tornado/Harrier does and a Typhoon will, when en-route for duty in Afghanistan?
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Old 9th Aug 2008, 22:52
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I doubt it.
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OK, I give up.
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It's all dependent upon the different airspaces the flight plan gets granted permission to traverse. Even on the best day there is no clear direct route. Permissions will be granted or denied on an almost daily basis so the actual number of tankings will vary. When they are allowed a more direct route the number, obviously, would be less. Working only on the basis of continuous flight through international airspace only and neutral weather, (no head or tail winds), the answer to your question would be 17 for the Tornado, 22 for the Harrier and a mere 14 for the Typhoon. Now, this assumes that the Suez airways are closed and the trip has to go all the way around Africa. If you can sneak through the Suez "gap" then the trips, (again, assuming neutral weather), are significantly reduced. It then only becomes a function of particular airframe's fuel consumption. There are "hot frames" and "cold frames" and their speeds and fuel efficiency vary quite significantly, as I'm sure you know, which will also affect, to a lesser extent, the number of planned refuels.

So... Which scenario are you interested in? Do you have a specific route in mind or are you just looking for a direct flight like the Americans would do with their stealth kites? This isn't just a simple A+B=C thing you know.
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Whatís the prize for the correct answer?
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I smell Bull***t!!!
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The one that counts is the overnoght tanker stop in Akrotiri, it may well be the last beer for a while - depending of course on the company you keep when doing youur 4 months in KDH.

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The accurate answer for each type is... AS MANY AS IS NEEDED

Now stop asking questions for which you will get no answer from the professionals that contribute to this thread. Such information is not that which can be publically discussed.

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