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A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron prepares to refuel to an F-15E Strike Eagle over the skies of Iraq. 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/Staff Sgt Lee A Osberry Jr.)
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