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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: makemap
There are just as many civilian storage yards too. If you add up all the civilian yards, there are more of their aircraft than the military yards have probably, and many practically brand new aircraft sitting there.
As for Boeing, they'll never move to the military. The market is too small and they make way too much on the civilian side of things to even consider it. Lockheed moved away from the civilian market at a time when there was a glut of manufacturers. It's totally different now.
It's easy to forget that the Navy is the lead on the 737. They were the first to get C-40s, and have the P-8s. They may surprise everyone and go with the 737 for the E-8, so they can get the Wedgetail when the E-3 comes up, but the way they're talking they want a mostly smaller, more capable bizjet fleet for as much as they can.