'Flight Global' has this morning the news that the RAF's RC-135W Rivet Joint aeroplanes are going to be called 'Air Seekers'. Seems to be a rum name to me, can anyone suggest an improvement?
'Seeker' on its own sounds better and fits in with Sentinal, Shadow, Sentry names quite well.
Anything beats 'Rivet Joint' though, where does that name originate?
For Rivet Joint see following.
The "Code Names Handbook", published by Defense Marketing Services (D.M.S.) in 1983 can be downloaded from the zip file on the designation-systems webpage. See below.
'RIVET - A permanent first word nickname assigned to HQ USAF. The term provides for rapid response on a variety of minor aircraft modifications peculiar to the Air Forces special air mission aircraft.'
No thoughts on a name. Hopefully there are no major issues that crop up and cost even more, probably will be though. On a side note, I can't believe we awarding contracts to the US whilst they continue their assault on our largest defence contractor (BAE), and one of our largest companies (BP).
Also, will it still have the QQ Tigershark?
It will be interesting to know which airframes have been selected from AMARG for conversion. I will be interested in researching their former life with the USAF.
Which of you is the RAF getting?
Last edited by Fedaykin; 21st December 2010 at 14:28.
Thanks TeeJ, that code list is something else.
If does get called 'Seeker' then, can I claim it as my idea!
If you're not living on the edge then you're taking up too much space!
All 3 are recently active frames. From www.ukserials.com they are
RJ18/18773 ZZ664 Rivet Joint Ex USAF KC-135R 64-14833
RJ19/18778 ZZ665 Rivet Joint Ex USAF KC-135R 64-14838
RJ20/18770 ZZ666 Rivet Joint Ex USAF KC-135R 64-14830
Excellent! Thanks HaveQuick2.
I leave it to everyone else to guess what ZZ666 will get nicknamed as!
Will they get the all grey treatment?
Last edited by TEEJ; 23rd December 2010 at 01:45.
What's with the photoshop job (all grey on top & grey/white on bottom)?
"The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."
Evil twin from an alternate universe?
I wonder if they will get CFM-56 engines during the rebuild?
Last edited by djcross; 21st December 2010 at 23:44.
They already do albeit the GE made military F108 version:
The better question is will the UK have new engines fitted as part of the overhaul.
But shhhh it's a secret! (wink-wink)
Sorry this Sherry is rather nice. *hic*
Nicely done Teej
That's exactly how I would expect it to look in RAF service.
Will these KC/RC converts be fitted with E3-D style refueling probes?
I doubt it as it would involve extra qualifications for the airframe and tankers in service. RAF will rely on allied tanker assets if really needed.
On a technical standpoint I don't see any issue with fitting a similar probe as fitted to British and French E3.
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