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Lawmakers Want More C-17s
Fifty-five House members joined 19 senators in pressuring the Pentagon to add funding in its Fiscal 2009 budget proposal for continued production of Boeing’s C-17 transport. The Long Beach, Calif., production line would close in 2009—and jeopardize 30,000 jobs around the U.S., the lawmakers point out—unless the Air Force orders more. Some senior military officials, including U.S. Transportation Command chief Gen. Norton Schwartz, admit they may need more than the 190 on order, and a new study of airlift requirements is getting off the ground.