Boeing's sea-skimming Pelican Ultra Large Transport Aircraft (ULTRA) concept is beginning to gain favor with Army and Air Force strategic planners, according to company officials. The Pelican is mentioned by name in the Army's Transformation Plan as a promising system the service wants to explore, according to John Skorupa, senior manager of strategic development for advanced airlift and tankers at Boeing Phantom Works. The Air Force's Air Mobility Command also describes a Pelican-like ...

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