Air Force Awards USD 35 Billion Tanker Contract to Boeing Co.

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Cassata, Donna. "Air Force Awards $35 Billion Tanker Contract to the Boeing Co., EADS Loses out - 2/24/2011 6:38:07 PM | Newser." Newser | Headline News Summaries, World News, Breaking News, and Local News. 11 Feb. 2011. Web. 15 Mar. 2011. . Air force makes a contract to build more Aircraft Tankers. With more tankers in the air, jet fighter and cargo planes can travel long distances. This is a crucial when flying over seas and in foreign countries where U.S. Military bases are far apart. There is a negative to the contract, with having a $35 Billion contract just for aircraft tankers is a large sum of money to build flying gas stations. Boeing is in control of production and are basing the tankers on there 767 aircrafts. Ricks, Thomas E. "Air Force Officers Seethe over the Ones That Got Away / Planes Had Enemy in Sight but Were Not Allowed to Fire - SFGate." Featured Articles From The SFGate. 18 Nov. 2001. Web. 15 Mar. 2011. .

Only a month after 9/11 Air Force had top Taliban and al Qaeda members in its crosshairs in Afghanistan but was unable to receive clearance to fire in time to hit them. The effect of this problem, some Air Force officers argued, has been to prolong the war. Central Command was blamed because all air strikes must be run through them before anything happens. Antczak, John. "Air Force to Launch Mini Space Shuttle - SFGate." Featured Articles From The SFGate. 04 Apr. 2010. Web. 15 Mar. 2011. . After a decade of development, the Air Force launched a robotic spacecraft resembling a small space shuttle to conduct technology test in orbit, then glide home to a California Runway. Air Force released a general description of the mission objectives: testing of guidance, navigation, control, thermal protection and autonomous operation in orbit, re-entry and landing. Unlike a shuttle it will be launched like a satellite, housed in a fairing atop an expendable Atlas V rocket, and deploy solar panels to provide electrical...
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