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Senior Airman Abby Hernandez reconnects components of a KC-135 Stratotanker engine that was just installed. Airmen at a forward-deployed location recently had to replace an engine on two KC-135s in the span of about a week. 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/Airman 1st Class Bruce Hedrick)

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Photo by: Airman st Class Bruce Hedrick  |  VIRIN: 050314-F-0000P-004.JPG