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Why has no airforce ever used a Boeing 747 as a tanker, surely this would make sense??

Loads of 2nd had ones about, huge endurance and a very big lift capacity, also they have the advantage of the upper deck hump allowing space for 2 crews and sleeping arrangments if necessary withoug comprimising the loading space.

Imagine, for long distance combat sorties using KC747's with 2 crews and using some internal fuel space for the aircraft and some for the refuelling? Surely a 24hr sortie would not be un-realistic, they could then be well outside the danger area and refuel the inbound and outbound fighter / bomber / recce aircraft as necessary.

Look at Libya, 1 or 2 KC747's flying a box over the Med with all the aircraft going to and from using them as an aerial petrol station, 5 could provide almost 24/7 coverage with one spare for technical issues.

Probe & Drogue on the wing and a flying boom centreline aft. A NATO refuelling service. I think I have inspired my own 'what if' build!

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Why has no airforce ever used a Boeing 747 as a tanker, surely this would make sense??

Loads of 2nd had ones about, huge endurance and a very big lift capacity, also they have the advantage of the upper deck hump allowing space for 2 crews and sleeping arrangments if necessary withoug comprimising the loading space.

Imagine, for long distance combat sorties using KC747's with 2 crews and using some internal fuel space for the aircraft and some for the refuelling? Surely a 24hr sortie would not be un-realistic, they could then be well outside the danger area and refuel the inbound and outbound fighter / bomber / recce aircraft as necessary.

Look at Libya, 1 or 2 KC747's flying a box over the Med with all the aircraft going to and from using them as an aerial petrol station, 5 could provide almost 24/7 coverage with one spare for technical issues.

Probe & Drogue on the wing and a flying boom centreline aft. A NATO refuelling service. I think I have inspired my own 'what if' build!

The Iranian Airfoce had 747 tankers in the time of the Shah not sure if they are still operational

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The Iranian Airfoce had 747 tankers in the time of the Shah not sure if they are still operational

The aircraft were B747-100 aircraft with a conversion kit for tanker operationsthey were used to support IIAF

F-4 operations.

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The Iranian set-up is basically the same as the proposed 747 tanker for the USAF (the competition that the KC-10 won). So searching for 747 ATCA and similar ought to throw up some good results. Avoid 747 tanker as that will be all water-bombers.

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