The European Aeronautic and Defence and Space Co. (EADS), stung by the U.S. Air Force's decision last month to explore tanker leasing options with Boeing instead of Airbus, is pressing ahead with development of an advanced refueling boom it says will be available beginning in 2005. EADS' lack of an operational boom and several other factors prompted the U.S. Air Force to go with Boeing. The Air Force, however, encouraged EADS "to continue [its] air refueling boom and other tanker ...
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