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

Date:         20 Jan 98 01:29:17 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
References:   1 2 3
Followups:    1 2 3 4
Next article
View raw article
  or MIME structure

>> KC-135 =  Boeing 717-100A (first 29 aircrafts)
>> KC-135 =  Boeing 717-146 and -148 (next 68+ aircrafts)
(rest of list deleted)

>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?

With extremely rare exception, Boeing doesn't change the basic model
designation of an aircraft once it's been built.  The KC-135Q and
KC-135R were modified from other versions, so they would retain their
original 717-xxx designation as far as Boeing is concerned.

I'm only vaguely familiar with the KC-135E -- was it a modification,
like the KC-135R?  If so, the same would apply.

Karl Swartz	|Home
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." - Andrew A. Rooney