The KC-135 Will Make 100 Years In Service Soon

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    The B52 is scheduled to continue service into the 2050's. The Browning M2 has been used by the military for 90 years and the .45 has been issued for over 100. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
     
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    The Buff really isn't flown that much. The KC-135 is. The 1911 is pretty much out of the service these days and only special forces carry it if they want. Then again, Spec Ops can opt to carry a blender if they want. The Mah Deuce may look the same but they finally got rid of that hard to change barrel. If you ever fired one, after so many rounds you had to do a barrel change. It was closer to pulling your own teeth and about as painful. They did fix that.
     
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    100 years is impressive

    It would be like using a WWI biplane today
     
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    Fire enough continuous rounds and you have to change the barrel of the M2 like all of these old weapons platform even the 135 has had upgrades.
     
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    100 years? Uhmm, No.
     
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    Nice math.....and yet you have no proof it will last until the 2060s....which is a loooooooong way away.
     
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    Yeah...I feel for those crews....they were aborting take offs more often than not for mechanical issues in the 1980s.....
     
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    Let's see. They were supposed to replace it in the 70s with the KC-10, Didn't happen. The KC-10 could pick up more gas than the old KC-135A but it took a much longer runway. Now, we have the KC-135R that takes 1/3rd of the runway the old A did and uses a fraction of the fuel and carries 50K more fuel in the tanks. All of a sudden even the KC-10 doesn't carry any more fuel than the KC-135R. Now they are trying to get the KC-46 working. I think it's going to be like the KC-10 and be used primarily for long fighter over water flights. The KC-10 is needed to be taken out of service. I think the difference is, the KC-10 and the KC-46 started out lives as Commercial Airliners but have been adapted to a Tanker. Meanwhile, the KC-135 was designed from the ground up as a Tanker from day one. The Commercial Airliner was adapted from the Tanker for the 707. In comparison, the KC-135 is built more like a Tank when compared to the 707. This is why it's lasted so long and it keeps right on flying. That and the upgrades it continuously receives. There is no reason it can't be kept in service at least as long as the Buff which isn't build nearly as rugged.
     
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    Funny, I was stationed at Ellsworth, AFB in the 80s and we didn't seem to have that problem with either the Buffs or the Tankers. Stop making shit up.
     

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