posted on Mar, 15 2017 @ 10:27 PM
The only other option I can think of was the one I mentioned a couple of weeks back in the other thread. Substitute a single 32-34000lbs CFM-56 for
each pair of TF-33's. I'm betting that there would be a reduction in nacelle wetted area and therefore drag as a bonus. The only issues are that you
would probably need a new pylon and I dont think the 34000lbs model is currently in production. Maybe a similarly sized LEAP could fit the bill as
well? Regardless the CF-34 would make a substantial contribution to reliability and consequent fuel burn drop. And that affects everything from
operating costs, maintenance man hours to tanker tasking.