Date: 09 Mar 97 12:39:34 From: Malcolm Weir <email@example.com> Organization: Ampex Corporation References: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Followups: 1
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Daniel Mecco wrote: > > The 707 was a much better aircraft, more versatile, and the U.S. > military contracts with Boeing IE: KC/RC/EC/135 --- AWACS & COBRA BALL > kept Boeing going back to the drawing board for many years to improve a > great product .Still today with the KC-135 the upgrade with the CFM-56, > engine the 707 airframe is still being improved and updated with the > latest technology Except that KC-135s are 717s, not 707s. Incidentally, it looks like the E8 JSTARS aircraft will mark the last "new" application for direct Dash-80 devivatives. On a barely related note, I was looking through my old copy of Jane's last night, and was seriously amused to see that the 777 "is basically a 767 with a plug inserted forward of the wing and an additional engine mounted over the rear fuselage". [ I don't have the date of this issue handy, but the 767 hadn't yet flown when the above was written. ] Malc.