Par13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 6496 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2799 times:
Quoting RC135X (Reply 1): Unless Boeing is making a long-shot pitch that the 777F as a KC-135 replacement would work just fine at a base that just lost its long-standing KC-135 unit.
If this is about the tanker deal, then good for Boeing.
If the Air Force now wants to give credit for a larger a/c, Boeing has three choices.
1. Do what EADS and its partner did and threaten to withdraw if the parameters are not changed.
2.Withdraw because your existing a/c is too small based on the new requirements
3. Proposal a larger a/c, force the competition to do the same, A340??
If we have civilian spotters it would be interesting to see if they are doing taxi test on the ramps and taxiways, trying out various hangers to prove to themselves that the a/c is a suitable replacement in terms of footprint, then when they submit their new bid, they can show some facts to back up their claim.