Senate defense appropriators included $2.5 billion in their markup of the Fiscal 2010 defense spending bill to fund the purchase of 10 additional C-17 transports for the Air Force that the Obama Administration did not request, Sept. 9, 2009. These 10, if included in the final version of the defense spending bill sent to the President, would build upon the 213 C-17s that Congress has already authorized the Pentagon to procure. Here, a C-17 lands at Bush Field in Augusta, Ga., June 13, 2009.
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