Sorry, you're right more explanation is called for... its' just that I got very suspicious when I read this:
"The aircraft would be leased in conjunction with USAF's Civil Reserve Air Fleet program. "
I'm a taxpayer watching several years of what passed for budgetary responsibilty get thrown to the dogshttp://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/05/10/house.defense/index.html
...and from this info I just sniffed the idea that now my tax dollars are going towards leasing Fed Ex some airplanes, that's all. I find it hard to believe, especially in the present climate when corporations are proving they can run roughshod over Washington, that the Air Force isn't forking over some coin to Fed Ex in some way shape or form. If solid proof exists to the contrary I'll modify my position.
The 'lease' reference was to the bend-over-with-no-grease deal we got from Boeing on the 767 tanker situation....the one where the lease plan cost many times more than outright purchase. The golden checkbook that was handed to Boeing because they lost the JSF competition.
Just a rant, nothing more.