Bolt on JT8D-219 engines.. take them to zero time, a 19% reduction in fuel burn and parts galore. The most bolt-on ready engine choice.
As a former PATCO controller (ZID NW-low sectors), and a member of the Class of 81, I just laugh my arse to hear this coming back as a conversation piece. It'll never happen, just like NEXTGEN...
Lose one boom and they call you a Boom-loser for the rest of your life? Oh, wrong joke
I'll butt-in here too. I'm probably the only person to respond who's actually been in the boom pod refueling fighters across the pond. My crew met a flight four F-4's and refueled just after...