The design of the Embraer C-390 has significantly evolved since earlier this year. A presentation posted by the Brazilian manufacturer on the Internet last month (hat tip: The Woracle) reveals three major changes.
- Conventional vertical stabilizer is out. T-tail is in.
- Aft-fuselage strakes
- Wing-mounted refueling pods
Compare the photo on the left, released in May, to the photo on the right, which came from the new presentation.
You don’t hear much about the Embraer C-390, a high-winged, military transport version of the E-190 airliner. It’s a potential successor to the oldest Lockheed Martin C-130s, assuming a small segment of the 3,000-aircraft replacement market demands a smaller twin-jet instead of a four-engine turboprop.