I was wondering if the collective expertise had any knowledge of the Boeing Skyfox program.
I'm rather fascinated by the concept of the 'conversion kit' that the former lockheed engineers who formed 'Skyfox Corp' came up with. According to the only info I can find, the concept was to re-engine and heavily modify existing Lockheed T-33 airframes into a rather sexy jet trainer/ground attack aircraft - to me it looks sort of like an Me262 with tail-mounted engines.
The business model was based on the fact that surplus T-33s were (and maybe still are) quite plentiful, and that by heavily modifying the existing T-33 airframe it was possible to engineer an essentially all-new airplane without having to design and build one from scratch, allowing a capable trainer to be built for half the cost of a new equivalent.
Boeing was impressed with the idea enough to buy the rights to the program, and there was interest from the Portugese and US airforce, but the program seemed to fizzle out... So this is another airplane to put in the book of 'could have been awesome' failed projects.
If anybody out there has any additional info about what went on with the Skyfox program I'd love to hear your stories, but also what other surplus airframes could benefit from a modification kit like what was done with Skyfox?