Norty Says “Get On” With New Tanker

All commanders want more capability than they they’ll need, Schwartz said, and “in a perfect world,” he’d buy both more C-17s and a new aerial tanker, one that can double as a freighter, like the KC-10. However, if he is forced to choose between them, his choice would be the tanker/cargo combo. He waved off characterizing what the airplane should be but said he’s convinced there’s no “economic business case to fix the KC-135E” with any kind of an upgrade. A new aircraft is needed, and the program should get going “Without delay. Right now. Get on with it.”