AFA 08: Boeing gets C-17 bounce

General Norton Schwartz tossed a very subtle blank check to Boeing in his press conference yesterday.

Schwartz, a former C-17 pilot himself, said he prefers to hand-off active production of airlifters to tankers.

By inference, Schwartz could mean that C-17 production continues until active production of tankers begins.

If the recent history of the KC-X contract is any guide, it could still be many, many years before a hand-off is possible, especially if active production means full-rate production.

Previously, as TRANSCOMchief, Schwartz supported extending C-17 production to 205.


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4 Responses to AFA 08: Boeing gets C-17 bounce

  1. rapier 16 September, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    A new type designation for the C-17 ?
    CC-17 ….. Candy Cargo-17 ….. :-)

  2. Dogmeat 16 September, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    Long live the C-17 it is an incredible airplane.

  3. Mike Plunkett 16 September, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    His comments also rather imply that he believes Boeing is bound to get some sort of tanker work, either as a result of KC-X or a future competition.

  4. inspector 20 October, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    Well, I am working on the C-17 and am on ship 205 in production right now. I know there were some to the UK, Australia, Canada, Nato, etc.
    they want to make 16 next year.

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