USAF OC-135Bs to be retired without replacement?

RavenOne

ACCESS: Secret
Joined
Jun 18, 2008
Messages
442
Reaction score
703
Over the decade it’s a pleasure to see the OC-135B grace the skies over here, anyhow my photos of one weekend arrival and departure few years back at RAF Midlenhall.

fingers crossed the program continues


Cheers

5B3ED295-DA53-41FF-8C1D-34AED17F2E5C.jpeg 73B61854-2AF1-4331-8E16-E945D267131E.jpeg 6866B614-0546-4B06-B26F-D29C2EE54B06.jpeg 10299DFA-A810-4F82-BBA7-DC8EE08A732E.jpeg 749574C9-7E87-4C0B-A1E6-FF98B708BBF4.jpeg 238ABF85-774B-4282-97F0-8920F1AAA499.jpeg 0265FC92-AAAA-4024-8D7C-C02DCB104811.jpeg EC5ECB7C-2A5F-4AD6-82D9-F0894E7051DE.jpeg
 

Attachments

  • 58A09F06-1345-4493-820E-DC25B57D3106.jpeg
    58A09F06-1345-4493-820E-DC25B57D3106.jpeg
    288.8 KB · Views: 6

Foo Fighter

I came, I saw, I drank some tea (and had a bun).
Senior Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2016
Messages
2,149
Reaction score
1,048
Rather like the BUFF, could an engine replacement program keep them viable? The new BUFF engines for a start.
 

SSgtC

ACCESS: Top Secret
Joined
Jul 13, 2020
Messages
696
Reaction score
1,095
Rather like the BUFF, could an engine replacement program keep them viable? The new BUFF engines for a start.
It's more than just the engines. The C-135 is based on the Boeing 707, and parts just aren't available for it anymore. At least not without cannibalizing other airframes. Plus, even with more fuel efficient engines, a Gulfstream can do the same job for probably less than half the cost per flight hour.
 

Foo Fighter

I came, I saw, I drank some tea (and had a bun).
Senior Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2016
Messages
2,149
Reaction score
1,048
Ta mate, I suppose the range is not really that much of an issue.
 

Similar threads

Top