From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Sagara) Organization: US WEST Information Technologies Date: 25 Jul 95 03:06:47 References: 1 2 3
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Christopher H. Husmann (email@example.com) wrote: : I attended the AIAA conference on structures last April. One of the : speakers, whose name I could look up if pressed, commented that the Air : Force expects to keep flying KC-135s until the year 2034. Yes, I concur with this figure. I became involved with the KC-135 while working on the KC-135 Aircrew Training System proposal when I was with FlightSafety Services Corp (FlightSafety won that contract by the way). Apparently, the KC-135s have fairly low usage rates and that, in part, accounts for their long life. One of the incentives for bidding on the KC-135 ATS was the fact that it was going to be around for a long time. When I found out the that the USAF planned to keep "the Steamjet" around until 2034, I was stunned! I did some checking with a few Casey drivers and confirmed this. At one of the training sites I used to visit (Altus AFB, OK), the local population was overjoyed when the turbofan-powered "R" models were introduced. Apparently the water-injection A models made quite a racket! -- Martin Sagara Member of the Technical Staff U S WEST COMMUNICATIONS firstname.lastname@example.org I don't in anyway speak for U S WEST COMMUNICATIONS, The Phone Company. "Reality is when IT happens to YOU"