Saturday, January 21, 2017


001Title Both McDonnell Douglas and Boeing tried to market the C-17 as a civilian aircraft (Think Lockheed L-100), without any success. MDC called it the MD-17 and Boeing called it the BC-17X.

From LA Times: “Although the features of an MD-17 would, in part, be determined by customer demands, the commercial planes would certainly be modified. The MD-17 would not be equipped for aerial refueling and would not have an on-board inert gas generator. The MD-17 would also be built without air drop capability and seats that are sometimes used by paratroopers.”

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Additional BC-17X info here


Dave said...

I was contracting at Boeing Long Beach when this effort was going on. The C-17 cost/flight hour was too much to be commercially viable, C-141 had the same issue.

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