747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2825 posts, RR: 13 Posted (14 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2610 times:
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???
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13492 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2559 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.
C17load From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2528 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!