Pentagon boss Robert Gates told House lawmakers Jan. 27 that the restoration of the KC-X tanker program likely will take at least a year. He also said he is absolutely opposed to a split-buy, which some lawmakers and analysts believe will be the only way to conclude this effort without a new round of protests. Here, a crew chief from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 171st Air Refueling Wing marshals in a KC-135R tanker at Andersen AFB, Guam, Dec. 31, 2008.
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