"for one don't believe the Air Farce is going to buy two entirely different tankers...that's just a waste of time and resources, and is probably aimed to just keep the Eurotrash happy....why not tell them to flip off, go sell some more planes to NW
..end of story. Whenever the topic has come up, every tanker or airline guy I've met is firmly against flying European made aircraft for our armed forces....even if over 50% of it is made here, it's still sackreligious to put US Air Force and an American flag on a foreign built P.O.S.
I agree with you that buying two different airframes is just a waste of tax payers money, but you could have put that into better words. I don´t like being referred as "Euro Trash" like you certainly don´t like the terms "Hillbilly" or "Redneck". A lot of countries in the world are flying planes and helicopters made in the US. Germany and the U.S. are developing a new missile defense system (MEADS) and Germany is also very likely to buy the "Global Hawk" (Euro Hawk) and maybe the "Predator" in a few years, of course with some German and European upgrades in it. But that is how it works.
America and Europe were strong partners over the past 50 years, it is a disgrace what happened to the German/American Friendship in the last 4 years (I am not only blaming Bush but Schroeder and the American and German Media aswell).
I have relatives and a lot of friends in the States, I really love your country but comments like yours make me sick !!
Regarding the fact that it is "sackreligious to put US Air Force and an American flag on a foreign built P.O.S" as you referred is the dumbest and most ignorant remark I ever read here on a.net.
First of all the A330 is no "p.o.s" but the best selling aircraft in its class, even chosen by the R.A.F. and R.A.A.F over the KC
767, it is much newer than your beloved 767. Like we all now the KC
767 is the only hope of Boeing to keep the assembly line going. A lot of other countries in the world don´t have a problem to put their flag and national markings on a F-16, F-35, Apache, C-130, C-17 and so one, why not the U.S.......you want to sell your stuff but neglect to buy from others. Great Idea !!! That is how you make friends and partners.
Secondly the air force already had -although in a small number foreign aircraft in service -AV-8A (direct buy from the UK), AV
-8B (joint MDD/BAe project), T-45 (license built modified BAe Hawk), B-57 (license built Canberra) and T-6 Texan which are based on the Pilatus PC
I don´t think the U.S. should buy the A330, I think they should buy what is best for them and the best solution regardless if it is an Airbus or Boeing. But that is (luckily) whether your decision not mine or others here at the forum claiming to know what is best. All I want is a fair competition between both manufacturers.