So if the FAA does not issue type certificates for military aircraft just exactly WHAT authority would make the C-135 be a B-717?
Boeing? No, they are the ones who designated the re-worked Douglas design a B-717.
The FAA? Nope, L-188 himself ruled that one out. Besides if they did then the former Douglas product would have been called something else.
Old wive's tale? Bingo!
And BTW L-188
the FAA does issue type certificates to military aircraft when the manufacturer makes the application.
C-130 became L-100 and L-382. There are other examples of military-first types, but you get the idea.
And so, if you can get an FAA type rating in a KC
-135 (and you can) what would it say on your license? Certainly not B-717. It will say B-707. I have friends who have done exactly this.
There are two Boeing fables that people have been passing along for as long as I can remember. One is that the 707 is called the 707 because the sweep angle of the wings is 45o
and .707 is the sine/cosine of 45 degrees. Problem is, the sweep is more like 35o
The other one is the B-717 thing. There may even be some internal papers at Boeing that refer to it that way, but there is no official designation making it so.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.