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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:59 pm

    Tsavo Lion wrote:
    ..half a billion dollars for one C-17,..

    Unit cost US$218M (flyaway cost for FY 2007)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_C-17_Globemaster_III


    You forgot to add Fiscal Year 2007 was almost 13 years ago (remember inflation), and the cost is after humongous govt. subsidies, tax breaks, special economic zones for plants. Without those advantages your talking about +$800 million per aircraft.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:28 pm

    In June 2017, the U.S. Department of State approved the potential sale of one C-17 to India under a proposed $366 million U.S. Foreign Military Sale that includes spare parts and support.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_C-17_Globemaster_III#Indian_Air_Force

    It's a moot point: unless their production is restarted-highly unlikely- only used 1s can be sold now, if at all, & at a reduced price.
    The Japanese Kawasaki C-2 may be an alternative to some:
    Unit cost approx. US$136M- 2 will cost $272M, up to $94M less than, & carry 36Tx2=72T, almost as much as a single C-17:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_C-2#Sales_efforts

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_C-2#Specifications_(C-2)

    In 2017, 1 A400M with 37T payload cost RM600M=$143.69M, or $7.69M more:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A400M_Atlas#cite_note-124


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    Post  Cyberspec on Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:29 am

    This is an interesting, somewhat unconventional project with an elliptical fuselage (not sure if it's been mentioned previously)

    M-60 by Myasischev...it was talked about as one of the candidates for the PAK-TA
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:17 am

    It is true that it was a production fsctory for Mc Donnell Douglas and boeing only inherited with their acquisition of their former rival. They could have produced something else st that plant... this is almost so stupid as the russian destruction of Saratov Aircraft plant.

    The US factories were political in nature and never made a profit, for making commercial aircraft they were useless... they only made sense as unstoppable producers of US military crap... not matter how bad... it is a setup recreated for the F-35, which is why that programme steams on ahead despite repeatedly failing to achieve adequate performance goals.

    Th C-17 was so successful politically because all its factories were in economically depressed areas with current sitting senators that had influence on military related matters... generally boards that allocate funding to production of transport aircraft.

    Got to the point where the Pentagon stopped asking for new aircraft but would get funding for them anyway by these senators who wanted to keep these high paying jobs in their voting constituents areas.

    Australia ended up paying $400 million dollars per aircraft, and were also told they could not take off from rough strips or short strips or it would invalidate the high operational airframe hours guarantee.

    And Australia is a loyal poodle when it comes to US allies... turn the lights off and put on an American accent and they do all sorts of tricks... hahaha.

    M-60 by Myasischev...it was talked about as one of the candidates for the PAK-TA

    They would need to be exceptionally powerful engines, and their location would make maintenance and just general engine access a pain in the ass.

    Simple clean design though.
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    Post  Isos on Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:08 pm

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:19 pm

    GarryB wrote:

    M-60 by Myasischev...it was talked about as one of the candidates for the PAK-TA

    They would need to be exceptionally powerful engines, and their location would make maintenance and just general engine access a pain in the ass.

    Simple clean design though.

    It would be a pain for the maintenance crew, but ultimately be more safe for them as that the engines are located above the fuselage and it makes it harder for them to be accidentally sucked in and shredded up by the jet engine. As far as the PAK-TA goes, the best idea would be for Tupolev and Illuyshin to cooperate with each other and combine resources and manpower for a related development of PAK-DA/TA on a blended wing-body design.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:00 am

    It would be a pain for the maintenance crew, but ultimately be more safe for them as that the engines are located above the fuselage and it makes it harder for them to be accidentally sucked in and shredded up by the jet engine.

    Well I see what you mean, by safety you mean people on the ground near the aircraft with engines running... you don't normally do maintenance on aircraft while their engines are running, that is just not safe practise.

    Those images of flying wings are interesting, but my favourite is one shown on the TSAGI wind tunnels with a tail section that had the engines mounted on it with horizontal tail surfaces angled up at 45 degrees I think from memory...

    The main hurdle is western stereotypes about Russian aircraft and whether a radical new design would be accepted.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:52 am

    GarryB wrote:
    It would be a pain for the maintenance crew, but ultimately be more safe for them as that the engines are located above the fuselage and it makes it harder for them to be accidentally sucked in and shredded up by the jet engine.

    Well I see what you mean, by safety you mean people on the ground near the aircraft with engines running... you don't normally do maintenance on aircraft while their engines are running, that is just not safe practise.

    Those images of flying wings are interesting, but my favourite is one shown on the TSAGI wind tunnels with a tail section that had the engines mounted on it with horizontal tail surfaces angled up at 45 degrees I think from memory...

    The main hurdle is western stereotypes about Russian aircraft and whether a radical new design would be accepted.

    Never underestimate stupid people not paying attention, there's been cases where people for whatever reason managed to get sucked in to the fan blades of a jet engine. One famous case where a guy on a US aircraft carrier got sucked in to the fan blades of a Harrier jet engine, and by stupid luck survived:





    There was another case in a Texas airport where a guy got sucked in to a commercial passenger plane engine and he wasn't so lucky. I'm not going to post the photos, but lets just say he was a human being one second and was 'magically' transformed into a strawberry banana pineapple smoothie!

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