Dtwclipper is probably right about the unlikelyhood of an Airbus tanker for the USAF
, but it was seriously considered, and may be again if the USAF reopens the competition.
It would have been mainly built in the US, so the whole "domestic jobs" argument was out of the window. IIRC this would have been cheaper than the 767 tanker. Also, there were quite a few mishaps in the procurement process, with allegations of the USAF
being unfairly biased towards the 767, and one of the procurement officers subsequently getting a high-paying job at Boeing.
EDIT: Interesting FAQ actually http://www.kc330.com/dynamic/eads89.jsp
EDIT: And before someone blabs on about USAF money going to European interests, I should remind you that we all "know" that the 330/340 was paid by subsidies anyway
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