posted on Oct, 2 2014 @ 11:51 AM
a reply to: TDawgRex
There isn't much interest on the civilian market. Starlifters and Galaxies sitting out at AMARC are past due on fatigue for civilian operators. You
aren't going to invest in infrastructure (and try to develop a supply line) for C-141's when neither the aircraft nor the parts are being made
anymore -- especially when you're going to have to deal with fatigue issues in a few years. Galaxies provide a semi-unique ability, but at a
prohibitive cost per hour. All those planes are over-engineered for the civilian market. Boeing pitched civil C-17's, but the market wasn't there to
justify production. Lockheed pitched civil versions of both the
, but couldn't find enough buyers when they were new. Lifting power of a
C-5 isn't much more than a 747 freighter. C-17 and C-141 can haul less than the 747 freighter. The 747 is also in widespread service and finding
parts and qualified crew (in the air and ground) are not an issue. If you need roll-on, roll-off capability or oversize cargo cability, it is cheaper
to lease an AN-124 than it is to operate a C-17 or C-5.
I'd love to see a Starlifter in the air again, but it isn't going to happen. Maybe Boeing rehabs a few C-17's in the distant future after they get
retired, but I assume Boeing will have another civil product capable of handling freight by that time for far cheaper.