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VC 10 to fly again as a tanker

Old 25th Aug 2020, 14:49
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VC 10 to fly again as a tanker

I am surprised none have you picked up on it in the Brunty thread, but ZA150 has been sold with the ambition to get her back into service tanking, see link.

https://ukaviation.news/kepler-aeros...lid=IwAR2kQjEN
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 15:21
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And if they couldn't any of those Tristars back in the air I can't see a cat in hell's chance for ZA150.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 15:23
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Good luck finding spares. 20 years ago they never came back from a trip fully serviceable and I doubt there is any stock sat on shelves waiting to be used.

Though I would like to see it again in the air.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 15:36
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Is it April 1st?
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 15:41
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Good luck getting any support from RR for those Conway's.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 16:42
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Believe it when I see it.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 16:50
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Would BAe provide the necessary Design Authority support? Only at a high price, I reckon, but even so I can't see how it could be cost-effective unless they are going to get several going.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 17:15
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What's the state of the Tristars, have they been scrapped yet?
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 17:44
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Why?

We have a perfectly good, modern fleet of Voyagers, currently under utilised?
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 18:16
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Originally Posted by SASKATOON9999 View Post
We have a perfectly good, modern fleet of Voyagers, currently under utilised?
Nothing to do with UK needs.
'We' haven't bought it.

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Old 25th Aug 2020, 18:19
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Originally Posted by possel View Post
Would BAe provide the necessary Design Authority support? Only at a high price, I reckon, but even so I can't see how it could be cost-effective unless they are going to get several going.
The rumour going around is 'the deal' also includes the two others at Brunty as well as the sims in store at Brooklands museum.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 18:26
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Wouldn't there be cheaper KC-10 and KC-135 available for tanker needs, now that KC-46 and MRTT and A400M take over quite a bit of tanker work?
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 18:39
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This has the Tristar Air LLC debacle written all over it.........NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 18:54
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Hasn't the USAF just retired its first KC-10 to the boneyard? Would be better off getting that dusted down.

Just answered my own question - https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...for-retirement

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Old 25th Aug 2020, 19:17
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Hasn't the USAF just retired its first KC-10 to the boneyard? Would be better off getting that dusted down.
KC-10 is a boom tanker, and I suspect the requirement is for hose n drogue, as someone has pointed out, this sounds like a continuation or variation of the continuing USN Omega/AirTanker debacle.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 19:59
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One of the amazing things about human beings is to hold on to the past - long after it has past.

I adored the VC-10, it was magnificent but it is gone.
Look at marks & Spencer - for years they have been trying to rescue the clothing side of the business. Yet, it was apparent more than 15 years ago that it was dead in the water. Still they spend money trying to make it work. The only part of M&S that works is the food hall.

Let this beautiful bird rest in our memories.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 20:20
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I'm quite fond of saying "never say never" but on this occasion I'm prepared to make an exception. This will NEVER happen.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 20:44
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They could use the Guppy, currently at Bournemouth to transport the sims and spare parts.
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 21:40
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Originally Posted by GeeRam View Post
KC-10 is a boom tanker, and I suspect the requirement is for hose n drogue, as someone has pointed out, this sounds like a continuation or variation of the continuing USN Omega/AirTanker debacle.
Nope, KC10 has a centreline drogue too - at least the ones Iíve got gas from did. The tanker of choice if you couldnít have a Voyager!
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Old 25th Aug 2020, 21:48
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Originally Posted by frodo_monkey View Post
Nope, KC10 has a centreline drogue too - at least the ones Iíve got gas from did. The tanker of choice if you couldnít have a Voyager!
Maybe Omega have already got first dibs on that recently retired one then, to add to the one they already have?
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