If EADS is serious about preparing a bid for the Air Force's KC-X tanker contract, then a "modest extension" of the May 10, 2010 filing deadline might be acceptable since it would allow for a competition in the high-stakes contest as opposed to just a sole offeror, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, said during an Air Force Association-sponsored Air Force Breakfast Series presentation in Arlington, Va., March 30, 2010. Boeing has already signaled its intent to bid. Here a KC-135, the type of tanker that KC-X will replace, flies with its boom extended as it prepares to refuel another aircraft during a training mission near MacDill AFB, Fla., March 12, 2010.
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