|Quoting Irobertson (Thread starter):|
How much extra money do you think Boeing has made over Airbus from all those B-52s, not to mention the 707 conversions, etc etc that its used to its advantage? This sounds like a flaky question the way I've written it, but it Airbus doesn't really have that history of massive amounts of bombers or anything, yet somehow, they're head to head in the civil world. Does anyone think the military production has put Boeing at some sort of advantage over Airbus? Or does it matter any more?
One thing you should not forget, Airbus as a company does not exist for a long time. Before Airbus consisted of the largest aircraft manufactureres of France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Belgium....each having a own individual history of producing civil and military aircraft.
Boeing was a single company for 100 years now, therefore their history and legacy is more obvious than one of Airbus.
For example the knowledge the Airbus designers gained from developing the A300 came from such planes like the Caravelle, the VFW 614, Bac 1-11 etc.
MBB; VFW and other German companies that are now part of EADS and Airbus also have a huge military history before Airbusï¿½s first flight.
Beginning with the production of license-build Starfighters for the German Air Force till developing own super sonic VTOL jets like the EWR VJ
101 X1 or the VAK 191 (only prototypes of course)..............