Boeing has revealed the design for a lighter, more nimble version of the C-17A transport aircraft called the C-17FE. The "FE" stands for fuel efficient. News of the concept surfaced in late June 2010 and company officials briefed reporters on it at the Farnborough Air Show in London in mid-July 2010. This version of the combat-proven airlifter features a fuselage that is narrower by four feet and the use of composite materials for reduced weight and drag. This variant is designed to operate from more austere landing strips than the C-17A. Here, a visual comparison of the C-17FE and C-17A, showing the comparatively narrower fuselage of the former.
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