Re: MD-95-30 becomes 717-200 "Regional Jet"

Date:         20 Jan 98 01:29:16 
From:         westin*nospam@graphics.cornell.edu (Stephen H. Westin)
Organization: Program of Computer Graphics -- Cornell University
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Marc Schaeffer <marcmsc@cmdnet.lu> writes:
> Karl Swartz wrote:
> >   I'm pretty sure the KC-135 series were
> > all 717-1xx models, with several values for xx, so there's still no
> > ambiguity unless Boeing launches the proposed MD-95-10 as the 717-100.)
>
> KC-135 =  Boeing 717-100A (first 29 aircrafts)
> KC-135 =  Boeing 717-146 and -148 (next 68+ aircrafts)
> C-135A = Boeing 717-157 (15 aircrafts)
> C-135B =  Boeing 717-158 (30 aircrafts)
> KC-135B =  Boeing 717-166 (17 aircrafts)
> C-135F =  Boeing 717-164 (12 aircrafts)
> RC-135A = Boeing 739-700 ( 4 aircrafts)
> RC-135B  =  Boeing 739-445B(10 aircrafts)

So that leaves out the KC-135Q, modified to handle JP-7 for the SR-71,
and the KC-135R, the re-engined version with CFM56 (er, F108-CF-100)
engines. Not to mention the KC-135E, using TF-33-PW-102 engines and
flown by the Air Force Reserve and National Guard. Did these just keep
their original designations after modification?

An Air Force web site,
<http://www.af.mil/news/factsheets/KC_135_Stratotanker.html>, mentions
a "fleet of 732" planes, and lists a total of 645 as still in service,
just as tankers. Does that make your "68+" into 686?

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