Fernando:Fernando Coelho said:Not to rain on anyone's parade, but can a 747 slow down enough to effectively use that ordnance? I thought one of the reasons for using a C-130 was the fact that it is prop driven and can go much slower without stalling.
That's an interesting issue. I recently read that the Navy is going to replace the turboprop P-3 Orions with modified Boeing 737s. Since slow speed would seem to be required for loiter time when hunting submarines, surface ships or patrolling large areas, can a 737 meet the requirement? Evidently the Navy believes.