I downloaded the KC-135D BASE PACK today, but when it was on my computer I saw the zip file with the following name: "HJG_Boeing_KC-135E_v5". The same name showed when I downloaded the KC-135E BASE PACK.Is the KC-135D Base Pack the same as the KC-135E BASE PACK?
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jul 19, 2020 20:55:15 GMT
I'll have a look at this later today .... when I can (working from non-FS PC's at the moment). I can say that "NONE" of the C-135 SERIES base pack have been replaced since 2006 (with the exception of the recently added new RC-135A J57 base pack), so, whatever's there has been there as-is since 2006/7.
I'll need to look at this more closely as there are at least 2 cases where our C-135 SEREIES simulations intentionally use the same base pack, but, in such cases either their FDE or model (or both) content differs.
I need to investigate this before I can reply definitively and act decisively
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jul 19, 2020 22:59:18 GMT
According to the stock I have on hand (have had on hand since 2006/7 at least) .... HJG have never offered a "KC-135D" specific base pack.
It appears all we've ever had/offered "as aircraft type specific base packs" for the KC's are .... KC-135A, KC-135E, and KC-135R .... but nothing else.
It would therefore appear the currently listed KC-135D texture "intentionally" uses the KC-135E base pack
Why it was set up in this manner I don't know .... since I had no part to play in this.
However .... "IF" Erik (he's our C-135 SERIES expert, but, like me, had nothing to do with what's currently presented either) were to come back to me as say there's a significant weight difference between the -D and the -E, then, I'll consider creating a "KC-135D" specific base pack (model edits are out of the question though) .... by virtue of the fact we obviously currently have a space for it, but for the moment at least, no such action is required on our part, so again, use the current "D" texture with the "E" base pack
Be advised also .... with the exception of our recently (last week) released "NEW" RC-135A J57 aircraft base pack .... "NONE" of our currently offered C-135 SERIES simulations have ever undergone any FDE modifications/upgrades since 2006/7 ... beyonf what's necessary for tour B707 panels to work with them. This's changing though (since these simulations have been/are desperately in need of FDE upgrading) per a project Mike and I are currently working on (and in relation to the B707's/720's also) .... as time and opportunity permit .... and which I'll be reporting in regard to in due course.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jul 19, 2020 23:10:51 GMT
Just for general interest ....
The following comparative notes reinforce what appears to be our "intentional" use of the KC-135D texture with the "E" aircraft base pack and the fact no adjustment is really needed on our part ....
All four RC-135A's (Pacer Swan) were modified to partial KC-135A configuration in 1979. The four aircraft (serial numbers 63-8058, 63-8059, 63-8060 and 63-8061) were given a unique "KC-135D" designation as they differed from the KC-135A in that they were built with a flight engineer's position on the flight deck. The flight engineer's position was removed when the aircraft were modified to KC-135 standards but they retained their electrically powered wing flap secondary (emergency) drive mechanism and second air conditioning pack which had been used to cool the RC-135A's on-board photo-mapping systems. Later re-engined with Pratt & Whitney TF33 engines and a cockpit update to KC-135E standards in 1990 and were retired to the 309th AMARG at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ in 2007.
Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve KC-135A's re-engined with Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102 engines from retired 707 airliners. All "-E" model aircraft were retired to the 309th AMARG at Davis-Monthan AFB by September 2009 and replaced with R models.
As all of our C-135 SERIES simulations are assigned various versions of our current B707 panels ....