DoD has used CRAF (Civil Reserve Air Fleet) and DoD as well as some US logistical airlift companies sub-contract awarded lift contracts to the 'civilian owned' AN-124 or AN-225. I saw or loaded/unloaded them daily while deployed. Only aircraft I saw with a '1-800' number painted onthe fusalage. Cargo continues to outsize DoD aircraft or exceed DoD airlift capabilities. The USAF C-5 A/B/C continues to age and some have even been retired to the desert and given their final resting place.
Kevin, Many thanks for your links. In talking to the folks here, the first 787 is wheels down, full power on in the KCHS plant and expected to rollout mid-March. Wonder what the chances are of it going to JAL as their first?
Charlie - What video are you referring to? "No splashing from the tail rotor in video. Not turning at time of crash" is because that is a video of the recovery from the news channel. Time and the NTSB will tell.