MikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 946 times:
IMO, the U.S. government has always been somewhat conservative when choosing new aircraft. They seem to stick with conventional-looking (evolutionary) types that perform relatively well (outperform previous generation models), versus "futuristic" (revolutionary) types like this one. I know there have been some exceptions (SR-71, F-117, etc) -- but look at a recent example -- YF-22 versus YF-23. From my understanding, the YF-23 actually outperformed the YF-22 in several categories, however, the gov felt somewhat unconfortable with its design.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12956 posts, RR: 79 Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 937 times:
Looks a good replacement for all those 40 year old KC-135's out there, but as this concept, if built, would not appear for another decade, the USAF might be wise to invest in some KC-767's for the oldest 135's replacement. Still leave a market for 400-500 for this concept.
Duce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 929 times:
that's gotta be one of the stupidest things i've ever seen! right next to the 2 pilot only crew concept the air force is thinking about for the 767. how can you refuel a heavy with that? there's no way in hell a c-5 or a c-17 could refuel off of that
Galaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 26 Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 890 times:
nice picture DUCE its great too see it from a different perspective. tell me did the first contact with a C-5 scare ya, a friend of mine name jeff sterling who used to be a boom at grissom AFB IN told me the first time he contacted a C-5 he almost sh#% himself because he wasnt use to such a large aircraft.
"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
Duce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 888 times:
it didn't really scare me. but i was jumping around in my seat. it's friggin huge! the fuselage takes up most of my window in contact! sure was awesome though. definitely a better intro to this career field than doing 10 on 10. i got some better pics of the -5 and some really cool pics with other recievers but i'm still having trouble trying to post them on a topic. and i'm leaving for the UAE tomorrow. so it'll be about a month before i can give another crack at it.