31 Jul '13, 9pm

C-5

The C-5 was the first airplane program where the US government paid for development costs. The airplane companies rightly enough complained that they couldn’t cover the cost of design of something this big and still be around to do other work if they lost. Ironically, Boeing took the US taxpayer’s money and designed the 747, which being a low wing airplane was not at all suited for what they Air Force wanted in an airlift aircraft. That was the origin of the procurement law that says you can only give the government what they specify. No more. No less. Boeing claimed their airplane exceeded the government requirement because they knew what the Air Force needed better than the Air Force did. At the time I didn’t understand what the problem was with Boeing designing a military airplane with a civilian spin-off as they’d already done with the 707, but then I didn’t understand...

Full article: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/07/31/air-force-upgrades-c-5-...

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