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Two maintainers from the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare for a gear retraction operational check on a KC-135 Stratotanker at a deployed location in Southwest Asia. Air Force officials have announced Northrop Grumman as the winner of the KC-X competition for the development and procurement of up to 179 KC-45 tanker aircraft to eventually replace the Eisenhower-era KC-135s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Robert Burgess)

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