Gee I'm gone for a day and half and miss everything.
Well both those guys hit the nail on the head really. The Brits were built with CFMs
while "There are heaps (almost literally) of spare engines sitting in storage around the USA. "
Some argue more power is needed. And sometimes I agree when we can't t/o with over 110k on fuel but I digress.
The planes work now and there is no plan to fix us anytime soon.
There is small talk the US might by the 5 Saudi birds, but if we did that we would actually 're' engine them back to the TF33s.
Basically the guys above got it all. THere is no plane anytime soon to re-engine.
however the RSIP program is going strong and should be done by 2005 (about 10 birds are RSIP now) while the even further 40/45 block upgrade (all are 30/35 now) could happen by 2008 with a windows based system on the scopes
and maybe a glass cockpit
Ciao and Hook 'em Horns,