French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Auster_9 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 12:19 am

Hello,

I have to apologise here and now that I am not really up to date with modern aviation, but was sat at my desk at work today and this French Air Force KC-135? flew past my window. Have been told that they are something of a rarity in British skies, so ventured outside and managed to get these two shots on my ye old camera as she came around for a second pass. Hope is of interest to someone.

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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Jetnoise on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 6:32 am

Now that's something you don't see every day!
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby capercaillie on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 8:53 am

They are indeed quite a rarity, I've only ever seen one (Fairford 1995) and that includes quite a number of trips to French shows :shock: . The French designation is the C-135FR, no idea why they never adopted the K when they were tankers all along.

Looks like the were throwing it around a bit. :up: Good catch. :smile:
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby PeterR on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 9:10 am

Nice shots Martin! :wave:
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby st24 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 11:56 am

Indeed a great rare catch. Perversely the best UK place to see these has always been St Mawgan/Newquay; annoyingly usually the days before/after the annual shows they used to have down there!!
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby tankbuster81 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 12:00 pm

Love the first image.Seeing the ground in the photo, gives it real perspective.
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Skyflash on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 2:10 pm

Tremendous catch. :clap:
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Talldan76 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 4:10 pm

Another vote for the first shot... almost looks as though the angle is unreal.
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Big Eric on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 4:33 pm

Great shots, however it's very odd that they'd be throwing it about at such a low altitude on full flap(?), the gear down and the rear basket not wound-in properly !

Was this a fly-by for the tower to assess what was going on with the refuelling basket, or is it a model? :dizzy:
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby capercaillie on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 4:46 pm

Baskets on French tankers always hang loose, its just how it is, c'est la vie. :dunno: (thought the emoji looked French :grin: )
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Big Eric on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 5:00 pm

capercaillie wrote:Baskets on French tankers always hang loose, its just how it is, c'est la vie. :dunno: (thought the emoji looked French :grin: )


That's true - I'd forgotten about that. :dunno:

Great shots. :smile:
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Auster_9 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 9:14 pm

Big Eric wrote:Was this a fly-by for the tower to assess what was going on with the refuelling basket, or is it a model? :dizzy:


The photos seen here were on it's second circuit. It did 5 before leaving the area. This one was the most dramatic!

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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Auster_9 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 9:21 pm

Here is one, going the other way, taken on the 30 November. I do work sometimes (honest!).

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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby speedbird2639 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:03 pm

capercaillie wrote:Baskets on French tankers always hang loose, its just how it is, c'est la vie. :dunno: (thought the emoji looked French :grin: )



:surrender: surely this is the 'French' emoji?
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby davidjones533 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:57 pm

speedbird2639 wrote:
capercaillie wrote:Baskets on French tankers always hang loose, its just how it is, c'est la vie. :dunno: (thought the emoji looked French :grin: )



:surrender: surely this is the 'French' emoji?


:lol: :clap:
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Wissam24 on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 11:47 pm

speedbird2639 wrote:
capercaillie wrote:Baskets on French tankers always hang loose, its just how it is, c'est la vie. :dunno: (thought the emoji looked French :grin: )



:surrender: surely this is the 'French' emoji?


Cheeky!

I do find the drogue attachment for the boom rather..comical...but when it's on a machien like this, you can't say now. They're actually not all that uncommon in Newquay, relatively speaking, but I'm desperate to catch one nonetheless.

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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby PeteM on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 7:09 am

Wissam24 wrote:They're actually not all that uncommon in Newquay, relatively speaking, but I'm desperate to catch one nonetheless.

Nice :clap:


Fourth visit to Newquay since July, appears to be alternate months. All you need to do is book 4 weeks A/L in March :wink:
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Col. Chibani on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 9:22 pm

capercaillie wrote:The French designation is the C-135FR, no idea why they never adopted the K when they were tankers all along.


Bicoze we don't do things as ze rest of the world and we left NATO at this time.
More seriously, I guess that the French Air Force just chose their own designation (KC-135 is the USAF name, 717 is the initial Boeing name).
F stands for "France" (obviously).
R stands for "Re-engined".

speedbird2639 wrote: :surrender: surely this is the 'French' emoji?

You didn't chose this emoji because it is holding a white surrendering flag, did you ?
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Ledhead27 on Sat 14 Jan 2017, 11:31 am

Can't say I've ever seen a 707/KC-135/C-135R etc. etc. achieve that kind of bank angle before at such a low level, superb catch!
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby PeteM on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 3:29 pm

PeteM wrote:
Wissam24 wrote:They're actually not all that uncommon in Newquay, relatively speaking, but I'm desperate to catch one nonetheless.

Nice :clap:


Fourth visit to Newquay since July, appears to be alternate months. All you need to do is book 4 weeks A/L in March :wink:


My prediction was wrong! 475 (31-CF) did 3 x ILS approaches at Newquay this morning.
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Pen Pusher on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 3:47 pm

Ledhead27 wrote:Can't say I've ever seen a 707/KC-135/C-135R etc. etc. achieve that kind of bank angle before at such a low level, superb catch!


It's not that low. :whistle:


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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby Ledhead27 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 7:23 pm

Well blow me sideways!
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Re: French Air Force Tanker - Newquay

Postby CJS on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 10:12 am

Ledhead27 wrote:Well blow me sideways!


I think that would have done more than just blow you sideways. :shock:
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