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Boeing Proposes New C-17 Variant the C-17A+

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posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 02:18 AM
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Boeing has proposed a variant of the C-17 should the Air Force order more. Included in this:

More thrust (7%) allowing for 40,000 more pounds of cargo
Redesign of the landing gear and flaps.

Those above changes will allow the C-17A+ to land in the same distance a C-130J takes while carrying 4 times the cargo. This alone is probably worth the tactical advantages such a huge cargo capacity would allow.




posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 02:31 AM
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Too bad they never came out with the MD-17. I'd love to see a C-17 in Fedex or UPS livery.



posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 02:39 AM
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Too bad they never came out with the MD-17. I'd love to see a C-17 in Fedex or UPS livery.


Actually they have buts its called the BC-17X. It was hoped by classifing them as CRAF planes and having the government ofsett the cost a bit that air cargo companies would be interested, but none have expressed interest so far.
www.boeing.com...



The BC-17X (formerly known as the MD-17) offers new air cargo delivery capabilities ideally matched to the global changes occurring in logistics and manufacturing. Manufacturers and shippers of all types are being challenged for time definite delivery to global markets. Often these are emerging markets located in remote locations and characterized by limited transportation infrastructure. Worldwide demand for heavy and outsize goods, defined as too large to fit through the doors of conventional freighter aircraft, is increasing. High valued products including satellites, construction equipment, and power generating equipment require special handling. Regardless of cargo size, there is an increasing requirement for rapid delivery to satisfy customers. This service time provides competitive advantage and minimizes inventory, insurance, trans-shipment and handling costs as well as other elements of the total logistics cost chain. With the BC-17X, logistics planners have new options for picking up products closer to the manufacturing source and delivering them nearer the final destination.





posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 11:12 AM
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They should come down with the price first. That's the main factor limiting amount of potential buyers. Also longer range(instead of payload) would be nice too.



posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 09:19 PM
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This would be good for cargo use because short of the military there's nothing out there but a ship that can transport the 777 engines. If you get a Triple stuck somewhere with an engine change you can be looking at a long time before you can get an engine in.




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