Kansas Delegation Ramps Up Tanker Pressure

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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TOPEKA (AP) -- The Obama administration is getting pressure from the Kansas congressional delegation to act quickly on awarding a new contract for Air Force refueling tankers.

They have gone so far as to invite Peter Orzsag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to come to Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base and fly in one of the tankers. Many of the aircraft were delivered to the Air Force during the Eisenhower administration.

McConnell is home of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing and soon to be the largest tanker base in the United States. But just as important is the Boeing factory on the west side of the base. A new contract for tankers would mean thousands of jobs for the Wichita plant.

Boeing's plant already completes work on tankers for Italy and Japan.

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