posted on Mar, 19 2017 @ 08:11 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Oh, FRED. I'm essence, the USAF looking at the An-22 and saying "hold my beer and watch this".
The retirement of the -A's is a shame for sure. I remember back in the 90s when they were a common sight coming into and out of Hanscom. 10 year old
me loved being right under one of the approaches barely two miles from the base. They are getting long in the tooth, though. All it takes is a look
at the C-5's flap arrangement to remind you that aerodynamically, it's a contemporary of the VC-10.
The retirement of the -A's will mean the game for the title of "coolest-sounding subsonic aircraft" will be wide open for the first time since Nixon
I nominate the Trent-engined 777's to be the new title holder.