Pilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
I have noticed a few threads on Japanese aircraft and I remember a design, the C-1. However I don't know much about it, what it was powered by. From what I remember it looked like a C-141 on a diet. Was it a good airplane? Could it have been re-engined with CFMs and brought to the civillian market?
God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
707437 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1407 times:
Basically I think it was a nifty aircraft. All of the Japanese and license built US designs are top-notch.
But for the same money at 100 mph slower the C-130 would give you more bang for your buck. . . So why bother?
Besides I do not think Japan is allowed to export any military equipment so the only customer was the JASDF. And in that era there was a push to revive the Japanes aircraft industry by producing indigenous designs.
As far as commercial uses it would be expensive to operate if only 31 were built. . .