The Pentagon's forthcoming spending plan for Fiscal 2011, due to Congress on Feb. 1, 2010, is expected to include no funds to buy more C-17 transports or continue work on the F136 engine for the F-35 strike fighter, according to press reports in late January 2010. Congress has kept both programs alive through funding add-ons in recent budgets over Pentagon objections. For example, it provided $2.5 billion in Fiscal 2010 to buy 10 additional C-17s that the Air Force did not request. These 10 will bring the total C-17 fleet size to 223 aircraft. Here, a C-17 from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March ARB, Calif., sits on the flightline at Andrews AFB, Md., Jan. 8, 2010.
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