About 5,000 people work in Long Beach on the Boeing C-17. The massive plane can carry tanks, people and disaster relief supplies across long distances - yet take off, land and maneuver on short dirt runways. President Obama cites it as an example of an unnecessary defense program. But lobbying from lawmakers in Long Beach and beyond keeps the plane aloft - as KPCC's Brian Watt described for The California Report.
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