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Un confronto tra queste due aerocisterne e quindi un confronto tra RAF e USAF, cosa ne pensate delle prestazioni di entrambi?

Io sono più propenso per il KC-10 dove sono stati aggiunti depositi carburante in più rispetto al DC-10 e soprattutto è ancora uno delle aerocisterne più affidabili per l'USAF.

 

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Come sempre non si può giudicare un migliore in assoluto ed un peggiore in assoluto, ma credo che in generale il KC-10 sia su un gradino più in alto per le doti intrinseche della macchina. La scelta di quel condotto tanto strano per il Tristar prolungò smisuratamente (per quegli anni) i tempi di sviluppo, ed è un incubo manutentivo da che mi risulti...

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Il Tristar fu rallentato nello sviluppo dal motore scelto..Come aereo di linea lo ritengo superiore alle versioni equivalenti del DC10 per caratteristiche di volo,silenziosità e avionica.Poi chiaramente in seguito è stato meno aggiornato del suo avversario non avendo avuto neache un grosso mercato.E' vero che quel condotto implica una manutenzione più difficile ma era anche una soluzione più pulita aerodinamicamente. In effetti non è che fosse una cosa così strana dato che quella soluzione si era già vista su altri trireattori (727).

 

Come aerocisterna credo invece che il KC-10 sia superiore in termini di rifornimento (è più flessibile e più carburante) al Tristar.Daltro canto quest'ultimo essendo presente in numero più esiguo ha beneficiato più facilmente di aggiornamenti come avionica migliorata e suite di protezione.

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Il vecchio e il nuovo .... ovvero .... il canto del cigno del Tristar ....

 

RIAT: RAF TriStar makes final air tattoo appearance ....

 

After a military service life spanning almost 30 years, a UK Royal Air Force Lockheed TriStar made the type's final contribution to a Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) on 21 July, with one of the service's remaining aircraft having performed a single flypast.

 

 

Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/riat-raf-tristar-makes-final-air-tattoo-appearance-388518/

 

Video .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vkSPkQOETA

 

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:bye:

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Aerocisterne della RAF .... un altro addio .... bye-bye VC10 .... :bye:

 

FlightGlobal.com .... "RAF VC10s to make last operational flight" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/raf-vc10s-to-make-last-operational-flight-390782/

 

AINonline .... "Farewell to the Queen of the Skies" .... http://ainonline.com/aviation-news/blogs/ain-blog-farewell-queen-skies

 

 

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Quando ancora era un airliner ....

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Anche il blog Ares saluta il VC10 ....

 

Goodbye VC10 ....

 

Another iconic British-design is about to leave our skies forever.

The Vickers VC10, may never have been a commercial success, but the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) has done really rather well out of its 1960s investment.

After buying 11 VC10s back in the early 1960s for strategic transport, the RAF later went onto purchase aircraft retired from the commercial market, converting many into air-to-air refueling tankers during the 1980s.

In total, the RAF have operated 28 VC10s of differing variants, and the aircraft conducted a range of tasks from troop and VIP transport, aero medical missions and even air sampling after nuclear tests.

 

Link .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx?plckBlogId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post:ace048db-7abc-40a0-a6bd-883f12b8d36a

 

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Spira una brutta aria anche per il KC-10 ....

 

More Triage Math ....

The KC-10 is another example of a system the Air Force really wants to keep, but can’t if sequester remains in force, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Wednesday.
While the KC-10 is a key capability, divesting it will save about $2.5 billion over the future years defense plan, Welsh told the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
“To get the same amount of savings, you’d have to shut down about three times as many KC-135s,” he said, because the logistics train for each would have to be retained.
Without those 160 KC-135s, “you can’t do the global mobility mission anymore,” Welsh said.
“You can do it without the KC-10s—although we don’t want to—but we can’t do it if we shut down 160 KC-135s.”
The KC-10 and A-10 close air support aircraft represent the kind of number-crunching and unpleasant choices facing the service, Welsh said.
“Those are the debates...I understand everybody’s position on this, and I agree with them all.”
John A. Tirpak - 12/12/2013
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Dopo l'addio .... la rottamazione .... forse ....

 

Talks with a potential buyer for the last six operational aircraft had reached an advanced stage, but stalled over finance and export permissions.

Two of these are already at Bruntingthorpe, and any further discussions over the fleet must be made between the US entrepreneur and the scrap merchant directly, says Morgan.

“At the moment, they’re all to be scrapped,” he adds.

 

Fonte .... "RAF TriStars to be scrapped after US sale falls through" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/raf-tristars-to-be-scrapped-after-us-sale-falls-through-397390/

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