October 16, 2010
Not Your Grandad's Transport

The DOD's Speed Agile program is wrapping up, and the aircraft studies it has produce are, well, definitely innovative. They've been trying to replace the C-130 for nearly as long as they've been building it, so I'm not expecting this to go anywhere, either. Still, a transport that looks like a B-2 has gotta be worth something.

Posted by scott at October 16, 2010 09:34 AM

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I don't like the intakes being that close to the ground if they're going to consistently use unimproved runways. FOD will be a constant danger and engine rebuilds will be costly as hell. Don't get me wrong, I can understand why they wouldn't want them on top, but that'd certainly help combat that problem.

I also truly doubt they'll be replacing the C130. Too damn useful, inexpensive to maintain, and easy to work on.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on October 16, 2010 01:11 PM
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