When it sprung up over a one-year period in 2008-2009, the MC-12W Project Liberty aircraft was deemed the fastest delivery of a U.S. Air Force weapons system – from “concept to combat” – since the iconic P-51 Mustang was handed to the Air Force’s predecessor during World War II. And now it seems poised to disappear almost as fast, even though the MC-12W is considered the most heavily used manned airframe in the Air Force’s combat fleet. Such can be the fate of any warhorse after the ...

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