Re: P3/Electra (was Questions about the DH Comet)

Date:         28 Sep 97 00:53:41 
From: (Filip De Vos)
Organization: University of Ghent, Belgium
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Karl Swartz (kls@ohare.Chicago.COM) wrote:

: It sounds like it might be comparatively easy to convert an Electra to
: a P-3, or vice-versa -- it's hardly unprecedented to slice a fuselage
: and insert a plug or take out a piece.  In contrast, converting a 707
: to a KC-135 or vice versa would be a massive undertaking, creating an
: almost entirely new airframe.

On the other hand, converting Boeing 377s to (various flavours of)
Guppies, Canadair CL-44s to yet another type of Guppy, or Airbus A300-600 to
Belugas was not a 'massive undertaking'.

: Perhaps a better comparison to the Electra and P-3 Orion would be the

Maybe better compare with Comet/Nimrod? The Ilyushin Il-18 was also used as
the airframe for an anti-sub plane. This also involved a fuselage plug.

: 707-320 and the E-3A AWACS, which are essentially the same airframe.
: I believe some of the E-3A AWACS aircraft may even be converted 707s,

I think all E-3s are newbuilt, while there was an EC-135 that prototyped
the antenna.

: though I may be getting confused with the E-8A J-STARS, all of which
: use converted commercial 707-320 airframes.

      Filip De Vos              

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