Consensus is growing on Capitol Hill for awarding both Boeing and Northrop Grumman contracts to build new aerial tankers for the Air Force, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), head of the House Armed Services Committee’s air-land panel, said at a defense conference in Washington, D.C., March 11, 2009. Here, six Eisenhower-era KC-135 tankers taxi down a runway during an exercise at McConnell AFB, Kan., Aug. 5, 2007.
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