I dont know why I am posting this, you all are going to think I am out of my mind... Its true. I just read in World Airline Fleets News that World Airways is considering buying the C-17, under a civil reserve scheme.It calls for the Air Force to provide an upfront sum of money and annual payments to the buyer of the planes in exchange for access to the aircraft in times of need. Initial studies show that the USAF would pay $US30 Million as a first payment,only 20% of the roughly $US152 Million it costs for each C-17. Further payments would be made if the aircraft is pulled to perform official military service. This arrangement could save the USAF $US6 Billion over the life of the 10 aircraft expected to be involved in the pans first phase. Now, because the aircraft is a military vehicle, it has to be worked out with the State Dept. to grant some sort of broad liscense to whatever private company plans to use the planes. Without that aggreement in place, federal officials would have to sign off on EVERY trip he aircraft makes outside the US.
Now, this has possibilities. Its got to go through a lot. My question to you, will this work? Will the C-17 look any better?