Boeing and Lockheed Martin are both exploring a possible dual-role tanker/cargo plane that could replace the U.S. Air Force's aging KC-135 tanker while helping alleviate the service's airlift shortage, representatives of the two companies said Tuesday and Wednesday. Both companies are trying to sell the Air Force on the idea, and a tanker requirement study the Defense Dept. is doing in addition to an airlift study (see related story) could move the issue along, company ...

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