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...and Just What Is A BC-17X Supposed To Be?  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2790 posts, RR: 14
Posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Heya,

If you go into Boeing's website and go into the gallery and go into the military menu, you notice a plane registered as the BC-17X. If you click on one of the photos, you get what looks to me like a C-17 in Boeing's colors. A few years ago, before the Boeing takeover, this same plane and that same picture were called the MD-17. Is this thing A) real? B) any different from the C-17???


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Yes, it's just that, a civil C-17. High civil certification costs may be a barrier to sales, but Boeing and the USAF are pressing the DoD to buy 10 as a reserve transport fleet, but US freight carriers which would operate them have yet to show any interest.


User currently offlineMikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

GDB is correct. Here is a photo (art) of the BC-17X....

http://www.theaviationzone.com/images/globemaster/bin-3/c17127.jpg


User currently offlineC17load From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

True......it's the model marketed as a civilian variant. Was talking to some FEDEX mgmt folks at Millinton (Memphis) last month, and they aren't really interested in it just yet. They had just contracted a bunch of MD-11's instead. Shame.....I was looking for a retirement job too!

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