If one is concerned about how "American" or "European" a A332 tanker for the USAF is in terms of how politically palatable such a deal will be to American politicians, then the 7E7 is an example of how unAmerican an "American" plane is!
Ha.. wrong. America is about capitalism, we fought a Cold War over it and if you haven’t noticed, one of the chief grievances facing the US today is fundamentalist Islam objecting to American capitalism. Why do you think planes were flown into the World Trade
Capitalism takes the cheapest materials and labor available and refines it into a product that will make profit. If this means risk-sharing partnerships with Mitsubishi, that's capitalism. If this means out-sourcing to India, that's capitalism. If you understand what America is really
about, and that's making money, there is nothing more
American than what the 7E7 embodies.
Second, the 7E7 is not even being considered
by the USAF
so its piddly assed American content matters ZERO
in relation to the KC
Whether its total $$ or manhours, these days the "label" is becoming less important as to where the work is being done.
Yeah it's called globalization, welcome to 2005.
If the A332 is a better aircraft and Airbus can "build" it in the US, so be it!
1. That's a big "if"
2. If the A330-200 is the most value for taxpayer dollars, serves the needs of the USAF
the best, and protects the interest of American troops... what the hell does the point of final assembly matter in the least
??? Oh sorry America, we sent your sons and daughters into war with a sub par equipment because it didn't say "Made in USA"
Albeit I don't think
-767 is sub par, but if the USAF
thinks so, you won't here a peep from me if they go with the A330 and
build it in Toulouse.