|Quoting MD-90 (Thread starter):|
no commercial airliner is going to haul around that dead weight.
|Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 7):|
I believe EL AL would do something like that
|Quoting TWAL1011727 (Reply 9):|
Putting a missile on one would open up a whole can of worms
|Quoting Stitch (Reply 8):|
Back when Boeing developed the ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile), they floated a proposal to the USAF for using a 747-200F as an airborne missile carrier. It had around ten internally-fitted 8-unit rotary launchers (identical to those used on the B-1B and B-52H) allowing one 742F to launch up to 80 missiles.
|Quoting Lredlefsen (Reply 10):|
I wouldn't want to be anywhere *near* a live Sidewinder, or whatever, especially not in the line of fire (eg the terminal building, or loading/unloading luggage, or refueling some plane, or in the plane taxiing in front of you, or ...).
|Quoting Starrion (Reply 18):|
I don't know about missiles, but I think American experimented with the ALCL (Air Launched Checked Luggage) at my expense last year. That would explain why a suitcase with 10 days of laundry and absolutely nothing else of value (along with about 5 different types of ID with ways of contacting me) never made it home.
Obviously it was used to flatten some insurgents bunker in Iraq......
|Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 11):|
"737 v.s. A320: Which Would Win in a Dogfight?"
|Quoting Mandala499 (Reply 2):|
BUT... should the use of these 747s be necessary, the war would be over before they get the wiring done!