Did anyone else notice Boeing finally "created" the 717? In fact, it was born and died already and Id never even noticed. I always wondered why they'd got all the way from 707 to 787 but had skipped 717. I'd heard 717 was the "internal" name Boeing had given to the KC-135 but USAF had bought all they'd built so none ever hit the streets wearing the 717 badge. But I'd never been able to find confirmation of that tale. So this morning I come across a thread under General Non-Glocking about the debut of the 787, which puts me to thinking about the 717. So I Dogpiled it (I don't Google). Turns out Wikipedia bless their little volunteer hearts had the whole story. According to Wikipedia, the bit about the KC-135 is pretty much true. But one of the white elephants that Boeing inherited when they absorbed McDonnell Douglas was their final update of the MadDog, which they had called the MD-95. I figure Boeing was none too keen on using the only remaining unused 7-something-7 on a hand-me-down theyd got from a defunct competitor so they fished around in the dust bin and pulled out 717. Wikipedia says Boeing built just 156 of them over 7 years before they ended production. Not exactly a cash cow, were it? I cant believe it came and went and I never even knew it existed.