A Twist in the Boeing-Airbus Tanker Saga

When the Air Force on Sept. 25 released the specs for a fleet of 179 new refueling tankers it hopes to purchase—a prized order that could be worth $35 billion to the winning aircraft maker—analysts who pored through the documents quickly declared that the Pentagon's new requirements favored one bidder: the consortium led by Airbus and Northrop Grumman (NOC).

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