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First flight of the P-8A Poseidon and all things related to transition

Flash

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I wonder... Any thoughts on modifying a 737 to serve as a CVN "organic" tanker? Having Omega follow us around is nice and all, but I see 75K#+? of fuel in this one, and I think mission and recovery tanker 'round the world... without having our tankers pulled at zoomie whim to get skin in the game. We lost half our sorties to get 2 strike eagles up the boulevard early in OEF... I'm sure it wasn't the last time. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/11/the-kabul-ki-dance/302610/
A LOT cheaper to rent than buy, also would have to come up with a new plane (KP-8) with all the associated costs. A non-starter.
 

Gatordev

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Training support. Generally just on the west coast. I wanna say they only have one plane, maybe two.
Well they are out of SOCAL. Though they've worked both W-72 and W-157 recently, so they're not specifically tied to the West Sieeeede.

They have more than one plane. I've seen two at one time. Their website says they have three, but nothing a contract couldn't fix.
 

Brett327

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They will definitely drag you to the East Coast, and in my experience, they tend to be more reliable than USAF or ANG tankers.
 

707guy

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I do seem to remember one of their 135s crashing a while ago - coming out of Pt. Mugu maybe?
 

Uncle Fester

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A LOT cheaper to rent than buy, also would have to come up with a new plane (KP-8) with all the associated costs. A non-starter.
Doesn't really seem all that "organic" to me, either. Unless it's coming off the flight deck, I don't think it matters all that much if it has NAVY or USAF or Omega on the side.

If you want really organic give, they'd probably be better off going with that perpetual KS-3 boneyard revival concept.
 

cfam

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They will definitely drag you to the East Coast, and in my experience, they tend to be more reliable than USAF or ANG tankers.
^+1 For our last drag, they even pre-staged a jet in WA for us. We've also had them meet us in the Vacapes op-area and drag us back west. From a coordination standpoint, they're a heck of a lot easier to work with than some of the ANG/Reserve units (Omega pre-plans the routing/ALTRVs, etc...)
 

wlawr005

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Interesting. I wasn't aware you guys did that sorta thing. I always imagined a two day trip through bbq and bourbon land for the transit.
 
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