THIN SKIN: Regardless of whether the Pentagon opts to buy a single tanker or split the purchase between Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADS North America, the U.S. Air Force is expecting a hearty bill ahead to keep the KC-135 flying. Air Mobility Command chief Gem. Arthur Lichte said last week that the venerable KC-135 would require new skins beginning in 2018. A cost estimate hasn’t yet been executed, but Air Force Materiel Command chief Donald Hoffman says a reskinning, while not “technically ...


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