Col From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2274 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2389 times:
With completed airframes the 767 backlog could be in the late teens. Either the tanker kicks in quickly, or a quick demise. A better solution could be to take some of the stored 762 and convert to tankers. Then have Boeing spend the effort producing a 7E7 tanker from the start. Reason I say this is that the RAF went for 332 tanker, as it is more flexible than a dedicated tanker. This requirement is probably more similar to many other nations globally, than that required by the USAF. The 7E7 could therefore answer the calling for all air forces. The 767 personal would then be used in the meantime to convert a 100 or more 762's, until the 7E7 kicks in. Does this sound logical?
Greaser From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1102 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
Col, i agree. If DoD doesnt say something sure soon, Boeing is gonna close the 767's doors. Of course, there is always victorville, goodyear, mohave. How many 762s are there???
Its time for the DoD to decide whether the 767 tanker flies or dies.