The Air Force Is About to Announce the Winner of an $80 Billion Bomber Contract

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A B-2 Spirit bomber prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission in the European theater supporting NATO Operation Allied Force.

Photographer: Staff Sgt. Ken Bergmann/U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force plans an award as soon as Tuesday for the contract to develop and produce its newest bomber, defense officials said, providing the first glimpse into a secretive program to bolster the nation’s long-range strike capability.

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