Yeah I remember when this originally broke. I really wasn't surprised. I've been watching the Air Force fall apart for the last few years through budget cuts. As long as they are forced to go with the lowest bidder, and their budget gets slashed every year, and contractors hyperinflate contacts, this is going to happen. No matter where you get parts from.
Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s, the Air Force switched to a new maker of center wing fuel pumps, from somewhere in the Midwest. Shortly after they lost a KC-135 in flight with all hands, and another on the ground that killed four ground crew members. They found one in the cockpit with his hand on the pump switch. The fuel pumps, instead of circulating a small amount of fuel for lubrication, were using it, which allowed metal on metal contact, which sparked in the tank.
edit on 10/11/2012 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)