September 10, 2008
AFA States Concern about Tanker Delay
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today released the following statement regarding the announced delay of the acquisition of a new tanker for the U.S. Air Force.
"AFA is disappointed this important acquisition process is delayed until the next administration.
"AFA has long backed the effort to begin replacing the aging KC-135 fleet, which has become the Air Force’s number one procurement priority, among many significant needs. The aircraft of the KC-135 fleet average 46 years old already, and even when production begins on new tankers, the Air Force will depend on KC-135s for decades to come. We will urge the new administration and Congress to take up this issue as quickly as possible in order to place a new air refueling tanker in the hands of our Airmen."
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