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Touch of Gray: The Air Force Can’t Retire The Boeing 707The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress may have a lock on the title for oldest active-duty US military aircraft. But it only has two years on the Air Force's other senior citizen, an aircraft that will likely keep flying for as long as the B-52: the venerable Boeing 707. (arstechnica.com) More...
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I'm not surprised. I was a crew member on the RC-135M during the Viet-Nam war, and they are 'W' models now. Still flying and doing the job.
We are getting too dependent on automated systems. The Army's field artillery school recently went to teaching manual fire control again due to events in the Ukraine, where Russian forces succeeded in disabling many digital systems including GPS used to control forces and deliver fire. All the integration of systems can breakdown and will with the disabling of one critical node. Our adversaries have figured this out and will no doubt succeed in breaking the interconnected systems and significantly reducing their effectiveness.
Just like depending on GPS. I’ve heard they’re going back to teaching LandNav w/a map & military protractor. Even w/GPS & etc.., the most dangerous thing was giving the 2 LT a GPS device in place of the printed map & military protractor.
Agreed. Reliance on tech is an Achilles Heel.
Bullshit!!!! The oldest aircraft in USAF inventory is KC135 57-1419, delivered in 1957. The oldest B52 is a B52H delivered first in 1961. The KC135 and B707 are Not the same airplane. The fuselage width is different among other things.
out to be quite a few 707 type aircraft at the various storage sites, so not so hard to find airframes to replace the current flying fleet....
The reliability rate of the old KC-135’s is excellent.