Small tanker conversion proposals

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Dassault Falcon 50, 1985

From Warplane recapping 1985 Paris airshow brochure:

In 1985 Dassault offered two tanker versions. One has a nine-seat cabin and transfers up to 7040 kg of fuel from the normal tanks. The other has a four-seat cabin and extra-rear-fuselage tanks increasing transfer fuel to 9110 kg.

Also a brief mention in Flight, 1986

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1986/1986 - 0555.html

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IAI / Gulfstream G550, 2007
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Gulfstream are considering offering a multirole version of the G550 business jet equipped with an underbelly gondola-type fuel tank.
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According to IAI the G550 will be capable of carrying 25,000kg (55,000lb) of fuel.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/iai-and-gulfstream-planning-g550-tanker-216019/
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1437.0

BAE 146 / RJ, 2013

Up to 7t of fuel could be transferred from the type's standard load, with this to rise to around 18t if auxiliary tanks were added, the company says.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dsei-bae-146-offered-as-tactical-air-to-air-refueller-390417/
 

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737 tanker proposal, 1982

... the 737 proposal is designed to interest countries
such as Germany and Italy, who now plan to equip Panavia Tornadoes as
buddy-buddy tankers for long-range anti-ship missions in the Baltic and
Mediterranean, respectively.

Also some interesting notes about BA 757s being candidates as contingency tankers for the RAF:

At 1980 prices, the cost of modifying 39 757s is estimated at
$19 million; add 39 pods for $11 million, plus spares, but excluding
two RAF 757s

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1982/1982%20-%200988.html
 

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Any idea what the "give" would be from a 737 tanker? The article gives numbers for the 707 conversions but not for either the 737 or 757.
 

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Found an earlier 1981 Flight article on the 737 tanker proposal:

Either the Flight Refuelling pod or the larger Beech 1080 pod
would be centreline mounted.

Four 1,020 US gal pallet-mounted "hard" tanks would be carried
on the main deck, giving a total fuel capacity of 9,240 US gal.

Alternatively, one 2,000 US gal and two 600 US gal bag tanks could
be fitted for a total capacity of 8,360 US gal.

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1981/1981%20-%202092.html

The concept for both the 737 and 757 was that airline examples could be modified with the basic fittings for wartime upgrade to full tanking configuration so they only had main-deck tankage, no additional cargo-hold capacity.

For comparison the contemporaneous 707 Tanker-Transport offload chart is attached.
 

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Very interesting - I have often wondered about a 737 derived mini tanker.
 
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