Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13 Posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
I was watching some video footage on the C-17 yesterday and truly believe this is an awesome aircraft. If it is the F-15 of transport aircraft, then surely there must be some civil potential to be had out of it. They claim it has broken 22 World records, but only two were mentioned; shortest take off roll for a loaded transporter @ 417m and shortest landing @ 413m. Does anyone know what the other 20 World records were that were broken?
I was amazed that you can deploy air brakes and all four thrust reversers whilst in flight and get 20 000ft on the descent and then slam it down on a gravel runway and once you've slowed to a stop you can then turn it around in its own length!
If I remember correctly, its internal height is 13ft 6in. Does that leave potential for a double deck?
The captain's office is bang up to date with glass cockpit and hud and every other conceivable piece of equipment any pilot could wish for.
What do you think? Maybe a civil C-17 is the elusive Boeing 787 everybody has been guessing about!
DLMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1704 times:
The C-17's civilian counterpart was called the MD-17 and was the same aircraft with a few differences - like the engines. I can't remember what was different but they were different.... (mind going...)
The reason the MD-17 was scrapped is because, as correctly mentioned, the AN-124 is as good in terms of capabilities of a civilian freighter.
The main customer for the MD-17 was targeted as Lufthansa Cargo, but they didn't pull thru, altho they did stay with MDC - they bought the MD-11F instead - a civilian aircraft with the biggest cargo capacity in the world. (greater than the 747.)
Mish1234 From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1684 times:
I`m pretty sure that the C-17 wont go civil.
It cost like twice or 3 times as much as it does for a reg. civil airliner. (well mabye I dunno) But Im pretty sure that every military aircraft is darn expresive.
Now dont forget the fuel cost for the airline..
Dont forget the cargo.. dont forget the seats ...
dont forget that the wing spang cant be larger than a Boeing 747-400 that goes for Airbus 3XX to u know.
But I would fly on one if it did go CIVIL (C-17)
ANyways good topic