5 Minute Delay Scuttles Chance at $40 Billion Air Force Deal

Somehow, against all odds, the already-surreal competition to build America's next fleet of tanker planes just got sillier and more venal. A tiny, troubled aerospace firm and its Ukrainian partner have been disqualified from the bidding because they handed in their proposal five minutes too late. The companies, for their part, insist that their messenger had a few minutes to spare. For at least a decade, the Defense Department has been trying to replace its creaky cadre of Eisenhower-era...Full Story
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