originally posted by: darksidius
Another question : What would be the size of the fleet 10 - 20 ?
I think I might be able to answer that!
IF my finding of 20.2 Million Gallons (I am going to ASSUME Gallons!)
of low-volatility JP7 aviation is to be purchased for 2016 and IF the
aircraft is smaller than the B2 Bomber!
The B2 bomber holds 167,000 pounds of fuel (75,750 kg)
which is about 25,496 Gallons (96,512 Litres) of JP-xx fuel
and with an INTERNAL tank range of 6,000 nm/6,905 miles (11,118 km)
I am going to GUESS that the Green Lady would hold LESS FUEL
BUT have a longer range.
I am PERSONALLY going to guess that the Green Lady
has 15,000 gallons (56781 Litres) of internal JP7 capacity
with ONE in-air refuel per operational run! This means
about 30,000 gallons of fuel are being used per flight.
Sooooooo.....if for FY2016 20.2 Million Gallons of JP7 fuel
is to be purchased that is about 673 flights.
Using an extrapolation from the SR-71 program, if I remember correctly,
during the 1970's/1980's each SR-71 had a man-hours of maintainenance
per flight hour of about 18:1 which would mean about 4 to 5 flights per
month, so EXTRAPOLATING A SIMILAR FLIGHT/MAINTAIN PROFILE of 18:1
of 5 sorties per plane per month (60 flights per year) using 1,800,000 gallons
of fuel per air aircraft per year, I am going to say that 11 aircraft are operational
with one to two spares so let's say 13 Green Lady aircraft are PROBABLY what
is in the current inventory and BECAUSE of that low number, I am going to say
that the Green Lady is a CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) or NRO (National
Reconnaissance Office) project!
edit on 2016/9/7 by StargateSG7 because: sp