Teahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5310 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3740 times:
Boeing were planing to build a C-17 look-alike! It was designated the Model 763-241, with a high wing, four underslung turbofans and an enormous T-tail, 20.1m to 21.3m high depending on configuration. The aircraft's span was 80m and length overall was 76.25m.
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
BigGiraffe From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3691 times:
The C-5 was offered to commercial carriers, about 30 years ago, as the L-500. There were no takers for a variety of reasons. As a passenger aircraft, it is 100 kts slower than a 747 or 707. As a freighter, it would not make use of the standard equipment the airlines already had. And, the cost was very high. But Entex did make that model with TWA and Pan Am colors.
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3680 times:
The T-tailed and high-wing version of the Boeing 747 was indeed one of the first designs considered for the 747, but was quickly rejected by a lot of airlines, not only because of the slower speed and high costs, but for a number of other reasons. The location of the wings and engines being higher off the ground would make it more difficult for ground and maintenance crews to work on them, including refueling work. Also, many airlines said it looked too "military", as I remember having read that in a book about the history of the Boeing 747.