Identification of aircraft.


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xtemujin

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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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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?
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
 

ReiszRie

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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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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?
 

ReiszRie

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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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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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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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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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