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Shiny new expensive tanker, anyone

Old 10th Mar 2011, 21:06
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Shiny new expensive tanker, anyone

Nice photo,

Photos: Airbus A330-243 Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

What's it going to refuel?

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Old 10th Mar 2011, 21:33
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Other Airbus 330 - 243s?
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Old 10th Mar 2011, 21:35
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Foreigners.
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Old 10th Mar 2011, 21:49
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Looks good

Rumour mil has Airbus already working on a successor for the RAF for post SDSR 2012

EADS Global Website - Press

See, I knew the defence budget for the A400 would produce something usable..

Wheels: spoke design mimics the unique A400M eight-bladed scimitar propeller design;
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Old 11th Mar 2011, 07:40
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I'd imagine FAF must be high on their list - they have a large but ancient tanker fleet.
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Old 11th Mar 2011, 16:23
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If it starts in the morning when you turn the key, it will be worth every penny.
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Old 11th Mar 2011, 21:08
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I'm not a professional - but it looks to me like the boom has fallen off!
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Old 11th Mar 2011, 21:40
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Quite a novel situation. The RAF getting an aircraft type that is still in service and still being produced!
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Old 11th Mar 2011, 22:24
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Drones

Serious question. Are any of the UAV/Drone things in flight refuel-able? What about those on the drawing board?

Or is it easier to just land and launch another?
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Old 11th Mar 2011, 23:45
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Here you go Stumpey, it's coming:

Proteus and Global Hawk Simulate HALE Refueling
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Old 12th Mar 2011, 02:04
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Asking as one who flew USAF SE before the days of air refueling, what is the rocket-like device mounted under the wing?

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Old 12th Mar 2011, 02:18
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This looks like a wonderful way to create chemtrails. Keep up the good work.
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Old 12th Mar 2011, 06:48
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The "rocket-like device" under the wing is either:

a) Jet Assisted Take Off Thrust Enhancer
b) Emergency Miniature Propellor Thruster for EFATO
c) Refuelling Pod.
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Old 12th Mar 2011, 07:37
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Quite a novel situation. The RAF getting an aircraft type that is still in service and still being produced!
As someone once said at AFTS "It'd be nice to fly something of which Airfix still make a model".
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getting
I remember this time last year people using the word 'getting' in relation to Nimrod MRA4 .....
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Old 12th Mar 2011, 12:23
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b) Emergency Miniature Propellor Thruster for EFATO (Engine Failure After Take-Off)
We used to get remarks such as "How much thrust do you get from those itty-bitty propellors" when landing away in the States.

How we laughed (the first time we heard it)!

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Old 13th Mar 2011, 00:12
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Thanks Fltlt.

"Pushing fuel up hill". Why do things the simple way when with a lot of public money you can eventually do it a much harder way?
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