As the U.S. Air Force sets its sights on a more survivable next-generation tanker that will be able to support strike assets in increasingly dangerous battlespace, Lockheed Martin believes it has the answer: a fuel-efficient, hybrid wing-body aircraft that can take off and land on short runways for maximum operating flexibility. Gen. Carlton Everhart 2nd, chief of Air Mobility Command, recently kicked off an effort to study a next-generation “KC-Z” tanker—one that may look ...


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