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National guard tankers returning to Key Field

MERIDIAN — The Air National Guard at Key Field is receiving two KC-135 tankers in July. The arrival of the tankers means the Guard unit is going back to an air refueling mission. The KC-135’s left Key Field in March of 2011. The base received C-27 planes as it changed to an airlift mission. Col. Franklin Chalk, the wing commander, ...

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Gates regrets Northrop Grumman's pull-out

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he regrets that a major defense contractor has pulled out of the contest to build a badly needed new Air Force plane. And he warns that the lone surviving bidder shouldn’t expect to be able to pad the check. Gates told a military audience today that he wishes Northrop Grumman had chosen to place ...

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Leaders bemoan loss of tanker contract

GULF COAST — Mississippi officials expressed both disappointment and disgust with a Pentagon process that prompted Northrop Grumman Corp. to drop out of the competition for an Air Force refueling tanker contract. The Northrop proposal had set off a celebration along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mobile, Ala., area, where some 2,000 jobs would be created to help build ...

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Boeing to bid on Air Force tanker

Defense contractor Boeing said yesterday that it would bid for the Air Force’s troubled $35-billion refueling plane contract, leaving rival Northrop Grumman to decide if it would make its own attempt to build the long-delayed jets. Boeing said it plans to offer a military version of its 767 passenger jet for a fleet of 179 new planes. The contract is ...

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