There’s a spot of good news to report in the Air Force’s frustrated quest to replace its aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers, which allow the United States to project military force around the world. Boeing, which is building the aircraft, has begun assembling the refueling boom for the new tanker. It’s a crucial step, because without the boom, a long telescopic rod that dispenses a torrent of jet fuel, the tankers are little more than flying gas stations with no pumps.
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