Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) still believes the only way the Air Force will get a new tanker program started is to split the initial buy between competitors Boeing and Northrop Grumman. He says recapitalizing the USAF tanker fleet, which serves the joint force, is more important now as the US shifts focus from Iraq back to Afghanistan. Here, a USAF KC-135 refuels an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 while two F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to VFA 115 fly alongside during operations above Afghanistan Aug. 28, 2008. VFA 113 and VFA 115 are attached to Carrier Air Wing 14 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
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