A measure by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) that would have barred full-rate production of the Air Force’s KC-45A tanker until certification that 85 percent of its parts are of US origin, was thwarted when it failed to pass the House Rules Committee, May 21, 2008. Shown here is SDD-2, the second Northrop Grumman-EADS KC-45A airframe, as it completes its final check flight, May 15, 2008. According to Northrop, this aircraft will have roughly 60 percent US parts when modified to its tanker configuration.
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