- 100-150 Americanized KC330's as best value interim; customized US avionics, Gen-x engines, US based production & maintenance facility in a state that really wants/needs it..
Ha... get the USAF
to do Airbus' dirty work for the A330NG. I doubt the USAF
would have much interest in the GENEX anyway, the USAF
stated a preference for the PW4000 in both the KC
-767 and A330-T proposals.
Given that the 767 in other forms are already replacing many USAF
aircraft, the KC
-767 has a slight trump card. There is also the size advantage of the 767-200, given that ramp space doesn't grow on trees. I don't see the fact that EADS is a European consortium as a big deal, IMO, the A330 just doesn't fit the USAF
And a 100-150 frame order is hardly interim!
- Lockheed work on an new optimized concept for introduction after 2015.
Around this time, I wouldn't be suprised if Boeing started throwing the BWB around again. I'd much rather see Boeing and Lockheed collaborate on a design than Boeing sending it off to Japan. Yes, Boeing, you are hardly the only aerospace major in North America
A military transport version could probably first, EOS around 2015, as a complement/replacement for the airlift fleet. A civilian spinoff entering service in 2020-2025 could replace the 777 and 747 since Boeing wants a three-product family. A BWB/Tube-wing hybrid could come first (maybe 737NG replacement?), basically a tube-wing design where the wing increases in thickness to match the diameter of the fuselage, a la F-16-
Maybe I should patent it now