We could crew four or five extra tankers, they only have a pilot, a co-pilot and a boom operator if we want them to be flying boom equipped. If we were short on pilots they would be a good asset to be flown by reservists and commercially maintained. Any of those ex airforce jocks working for Qantas can fly a tanker in a straight line if we needed them to and the same goes for the Qantas maintainers. Its a good idea and I don't know why anybody hasn't already suggested it.
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