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The first RAF wedgetail will be a 10 year old ex Chinese airliner.

Old 12th Jan 2021, 21:05
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Unless I missed where they were refering to P8's what you linked talked about wedgetails. different aircraft, assuming you had a brain fart
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Old 13th Jan 2021, 03:17
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Looks like i had a long loud one in post 14... though my original post referred to the wedgie.

better slope off for a shreddie change.
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 22:00
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Originally Posted by tdracer View Post
Boeing still has a low-rate line producing 737s for P-8/E-7 conversions - based on the 737 NG. So new build aircraft are still available.


Yes, as roger4 notes, the AF1 747-8 Intercontinentals were built for the Russian airline Transaero - which declared bankruptcy shortly before they were to be delivered.
One was used as a backdrop during Boeing's 100th anniversary back in 2016 - before being stored in the desert.
I believe at least one has been moved from the desert to San Antonio, Texas for the AF1 conversion (dual APUs, airstairs, aerial refueling, and a bunch of other stuff I can't talk about).
Apologies for thread creep, but "aerial refuelling'? I thought the twice impeached president ordered that this option be deleted. Did those who know better mis-hear the order?
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 22:05
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It hopefully might have slipped in again. You'd need to know before you install the cabin. It doesn't make sense to not make it inflight refuelable.
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 22:45
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Or at least fit all the relevant plumbing.
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 23:03
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A refit later on will be some pita.
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 23:56
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Originally Posted by roger4 View Post
All the existing Wedgetails (Australian, Korean and Turkish) and gloss pale grey, i.e. the same as the P-8s.

Our first BBJ was photographed arriving at Birmingham in the week with a bare fuselage, but with fin/rudder, wings, engine nacelles, nose and tail cones already painted in gloss pale grey.

The RAAF E-7's are a slightly lighter shade of gloss grey than the P-8's....
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