An increasing number of lawmakers are challenging the Pentagon plan to curtail C-17 airlifter production at just 205 aircraft. House appropriators have added eight more aircraft to the 2009 war supplemental, and Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are urging Senate appropriators to make that an additional 15 aircraft. Here, US Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment arrive at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Nov. 17, 2008, aboard a US Air Force C-17 aircraft.
US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jason T. Guiliano
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