Only four years ago, Boeing and Airbus were in a bitter fight for the largest contract for aerial refuelers to come on the scene for at least a decade. All eyes are on Boeing now to make good on its aggressive plan—which also happened to be substantially cheaper than Airbus’s proposal—to deliver 18 KC-46 Pegasus aircraft to the Pentagon in August 2017. But with few customers searching for tankers, the rivalry is cooling. South Korea hopes to buy four tankers, the first ...

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