posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 01:57 PM
a reply to: mbkennel
Because if they build it off a 787 it will be 5-6 years before the first aircraft flies, minimum. Then they would have to modify the aircraft, and
test it as a freighter, then test how it would react with receiver aircraft and if there are any wake turbulence issues, etc. The 767 is a known
quantity, has already been sold as a tanker, with the line ending, has a wide open production schedule with very little backlog.
With the updated systems that Boeing installed, to update it for military use, it's not nearly as obsolete as the name implies.