AeroFranz said:The Il-86 shares the same general configuration and is used in both roles. So probably yes. Remains to be seen if it would make sense in practice.
A tanker variant of the C-17 was indeed marketed,
IIRC, the "KC-17" would have mounted the refueling boom to the lower half of the aft cargo door. It's an interesting concept to think about at a time when the AF can't seem to get a new tanker without some allegations of wrongdoing or incompetence during the contract phase, and there's no money/political support for the added airlifters that the AF probably needs. Why not meet both requirements with the same aircraft?
While the C-17's STOL capabilities might seem wasted for the tanker mission, there might be some merit there. After all, one of Boeing's selling points for the KC-767 was its ability to fly from a larger number of airfields than the bigger KC-330. But the C-17 beats the pants of both planes in that regard. If the next war is anything like the ones from the previous 30 years, there will likely be be plenty of airfields to accomodate the biggest tanker that's seriously been proposed.
los rusos podrían haber utilizado il 86 como base para un awacs. Hice este en escala 1/144. Mis mejores deseos
(The Russians could have used the '86 as a base for an awacs. I made this one in 1/144 scale.)