February 25, 2011 12:00 AM

Air Force awards Boeing tanker contract

Boeing was the "clear winner" in a competition to replace the Air Force's fleet of aging mid-air refueling tankers, a victory worth potentially thousands of jobs for Kansas. Boeing beat out European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., parent company of Airbus, for the $35 billion contract, possibly ending the Air Force's decade-long effort to replace its Cold War-era tankers that has been marked by scandal and controversy.

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