Following news of the – thankfully non-lethal – Omega Aerial Refueling 707 crash in
Until the K-707 crashed with 150,000lbs of jet fuel, Omegahad just two K-707s and one KDC-10 tanker.
I saw the KDC-10 at Aero India a few months ago. It was theresupporting Boeing’s ultimately ill-fated F-18E/F Super Hornet bid for the MMRCAcompetition. Boeing test pilot Ricardo Traven told me that the KDC-10 was ofcritical importance in getting a pair of US Navy Super Hornets and Boeingsupport personnel to
Two weeks later on the eve of Australia’s Avalon show RAAFchief Mark Biskin told me Australia is still using Omega while it awaits thelong-delayed A330-based KC-30A tanker.
There are not many commercial tankers around, so the loss ofthe K-707 will certainly be felt. I would also be curious to know where thecrashed aircraft was heading with all that fuel.
Wonder what Omega will comes up with as a replacement.Another KDC-10, perhaps?