Re: CFM56 on military 707s? (was: Re-engining 747s)

Date:         17 Jan 99 02:37:26 
From:         dbromage@fang.omni.com.au (David Bromage)
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Stephen H. Westin wrote:
> Anyway, I think of the E-8 JSTARS aircraft as the latest and best
> military 707, but it seems to wear old low-bypass turbofans (see
> <http://www.spartan.edu/issue2b.htm> for an in-flight photo). My guess
> is that 707's are so rare in the U.S. military compared to KC-135's
> that it wasn't worth the trouble to upgrade them.

That's part of the reason why USAF bought ex-civilian 707s to convert to
E-8s. Introducing something new is much easier than converting something
old in such a large institution. Most of the E-8s (including the
prototype) are ex-Qantas 707s.

Cheers
David