The House Appropriations defense panel has added funds to purchase three additional C-17 strategic airlifters in its markup of the 2010 defense spending bill, panel chairman Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) announced July 16, 2009. The Pentagon wants to limit C-17 production to 205 aircraft. Here, a C-17 conducts a combat offload June 20, 2009, at Tarin Kowt Airfield, Afghanistan.
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