Boeing, having lost the JSF contract to McDonnell Douglas, has
emphasized a number of post-manned figher alternatives, including
converting civilian airliners to, e.g., in-flight refuelling ships.

Boeing 'super airlifter' plans unveiled.  Boeing has unveiled a design
for an enormous military and commercial airlifter which would extend its
range by flying at very low altitudes over the ocean, reducing its drag.
Named Pelican, the 2,700t aircraft is part of Boeing's  response to the
US Army's Advanced Mobility Concepts Study, due for release in April
2003. It has been designed  by a team from the company's Phantom Works,
working with its airlift and tanker organization in Long Beach,
[Jane's Defence Weekly]

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he
will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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