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    Arrow Identification of aircraft.

    I took this photo of an aircraft flying over Harbourfront this week.

    It looks like a US military aircraft, what aircraft is this ?



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    Default Re: Identification of aircraft.

    Quote Originally Posted by xtemujin View Post
    I took this photo of an aircraft flying over Harbourfront this week.

    It looks like a US military aircraft, what aircraft is this ?



    Looks like the the old classic Douglas DC 10 caught your eyes. Hard to mistake looking at the position of the rear engine on the top rudder tail piece. It's the only commercial plane that has the rear engine position like that. This plane you shot might not be a military one. It could be one of the courier company's plane for transporting goods.
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    It looks like the L-1011 Tristar. Anyone can confirm that?

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    its a McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inimatad View Post
    It looks like the L-1011 Tristar. Anyone can confirm that?
    nope, its not a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inimatad View Post
    It looks like the L-1011 Tristar. Anyone can confirm that?
    It's not the Tristar. The rear engine of a tristar is design and arrange difference from a DC10.
    The Tristar's engine back wash does not go straight back like the DC 10 you see in the photo the TS shot. The Tristar has like a "S" shape airflow path with the jet wash coming out by travelling back, curve down and then out of the read of the plane's tail.


    L-1011 Tristar



    M Douglas DC-10
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    looking at the paint scheme of the shown aircraft, its almost certain that its a U.S. Military Jet rather than a civilian aircraft, therefore a KC-10 Extender which is a variant of the DC-10 designed for in-air refuelling roles is most plausible

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    Yup. Think you are right.

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    McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender


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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie View Post
    looking at the paint scheme of the shown aircraft, its almost certain that its a U.S. Military Jet rather than a civilian aircraft, therefore a KC-10 Extender which is a variant of the DC-10 designed for in-air refuelling roles is most plausible
    You might be right there is a strong indication that could be a modified DC10 used for military air refuelling. There is a carrier in town right? Could this plane be part of the fleet that came in?

    I don't think Singapore air force owes one of those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie View Post
    McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender

    You know...looking at photos of planes like this...especially all variant of war birds..always gives me a buzz. This is a nice shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammy888 View Post
    You might be right there is a strong indication that could be a modified DC10 used for military air refuelling. There is a carrier in town right? Could this plane be part of the fleet that came in?

    I don't think Singapore air force owes one of those?
    most probably its part of a major tour where land-based fighter jets are required for escort duties for a combined fleet and therefore a KC-10 is called in to provide in-air refuelling support

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    RSAF uses KC135, I'm a member of Singapore Youth Flying Club, studies lots of Aircraft & PHotography. but go to school dont study textbooks.. LMAO!! haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie View Post
    most probably its part of a major tour where land-based fighter jets are required for escort duties for a combined fleet and therefore a KC-10 is called in to provide in-air refuelling support
    agreed... carrier aircraft would probably use buddy refueling package for midair refueling... I live on the south coast and see these KC-10s all the time for over 10 yrs... probably longer than that...

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    Arrow Re: Identification of aircraft.

    Thanks for the heads up guys.

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    Yes, it's a KC10! Together with the C17, both can be seen flying in and out of Singapore regularly using PLAB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammy888 View Post
    You might be right there is a strong indication that could be a modified DC10 used for military air refuelling. There is a carrier in town right? Could this plane be part of the fleet that came in?

    I don't think Singapore air force owes one of those?
    The USAF bases most of it's air-refuelling wings in the continental USA with a forward base at RAF Mildenhall, England. There are other wings with KC-10s assigned to them, but they aren't dedicated refuelling wings. One of them is the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra AB in the UAE. I don't think the USAF bases any stratotankers here.. perhaps in Japan or South Korea. Because of the war in Iraq right now, and the preceding bombardment of Afghanistan, I would expect most of the USAF's overseas refuelling units to be mainly in Turkey and Uzbekistan. Both these countries were the main origin points for the bombers that raided Kabul post 9/11, then went on to destroy what's left of Saddam's air and ground forces.

    redstorm, that kinda explains it. The USN has little need for USAF KC-10s since they have their own air-refuellers in the form of S-3 Vikings and F/A 18s. The C-17, on the other hand, might need KC-10s to piggyback it from AFBs in the continental USA. What are they C-17s here for though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by redstorm View Post
    Yes, it's a KC10! Together with the C17, both can be seen flying in and out of Singapore regularly using PLAB.
    Quote Originally Posted by jmmtn4aj View Post
    redstorm, that kinda explains it.
    Yep, leave this aircraft ID to the expert!
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    V nice aircraft... only had the pleasure of photographing one lining up 02C during AA06... damn sweet! All trijets are!

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    Arrow Re: Identification of aircraft.

    Hopefully, we'll be able to see it at the Singapore Airshow 2008.

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