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Did Northrop Grumman give South Carolina ‘the Byrd’?

Let the record show that I have nothing against Bridgeport, West Virginia. I’m sure many defense contractors would make Bridgeport home even if outspoken and powerful Senator Robert Byrd was not a key member the defense appropriations committee. Never underestimate the industrial appeal of the plainly-but-aptly nicknamed “Mountain State”. So I’m not surprised that the […]

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Awards from a KC-X press conference

Back from a Northrop Grumman news conference on its bid to win a $40 billion contract to produce 179 KC-30 tankers for the US Air Force, I feel inclined to make some awards. In the category of “best gotcha question”, the award goes to: Andrea Shalal-Esa, of Reuters, who asked NG’s SVP Paul Meyer: “Is […]

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A tale of two tankers

Nothing says “class” like riding to Seattle on a Boeing Business Jet to cover a KC-767 rally (see photo below), with the movie “Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” on both widescreens. Yet, the movie’s paean to jingoistic-hick car racing culture meant more to me than mere slapstick; indeed, it was allegory, emulating the […]

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