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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 7, 2018, 10:27 PM

2. Meanwhile the KC-135R is still flying.

BTW, it is also known as the Boeing 707, the most successful commercial jetliner ever.

I was a sonic test engineer at BMAC (Boeing Military Airplane Company) in the early 80's. The re-engined (and re-skinned) KC-135R is a wonderful airplane. There is not one square inch of that airplane that I don't know intimately. Through months of sonic testing I crawled into and over the entire airframe, from nose to vertical stabilizer.

It is an astoundingly great airplane.


Those GE CFM-56 engines, some 23,000 lbs thrust each, over twice the original engines, made the re-engined KC-135 a real hot dog.

How many have ever flown in a 707?

If they had re-engined the commercial fleet similarly, we might well be still taking 707s across the Atlantic.

on edit: The tell for a 707/KC-135 is the antenna at the top of the vertical stabilizer.

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