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Bowman says Boeing's 7A7 tanker concept encompasses all of its aircraft models, but his comments singled out the 767 family and the 777-200ER, in particular.
Sharply departing from claims in the previous competition, Bowman says a KC-777 can be developed on a similar timeline and budget as a KC-767.
The 777 option should offer Boeing a size advantage over the smaller A330-200 being proposed by the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America team.
Bowman notes, however, that if the USAF prefers more flexibility, a 767 model could be the best fit
Originally posted by FredT
I saw a study a few years ago that did talk about the merits of a high / low mix for the tanker fleet.
One factor is that the KC10's are showing their age as well. I doubt they will have the same logevity as the -80 / 707 that the current fleet is built around
Originally posted by Harlequin
which beggers the question - will airbuis come back with a tanker version of the 380 and say` sod you` to booing