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USAF award would bring jobs to New York

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I am by no means an Airbus hater, but our next tanker needs to be from an American company! In the state of our economy, awarding the contract to a foreign competitor is a slap in the face to the American aviation industry. Boeing tankers are proven platforms, and the Boeing 767(KC-767) would be a much better option over the larger, less capable, unproven Airbus A330 (KC-30)


ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of New York will benefit from an estimated 580 total jobs and generate an estimated $30 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.


Boeing submitted its proposal July 9 to replace 179 of the Air Force's 400 Eisenhower-era KC-135 aircraft. The Air Force is expected to award a contract in November.


“Boeing’s New York workers are among the most talented anywhere in the world, which is why we’re honored to have them as members of the NewGen Tanker team,” said Mark DeVoss, Supplier Management director, Boeing Tanker Programs. “Together with tens of thousands of Boeing employees across America, New York workers will provide the U.S. Air Force with the most capable, survivable, combat-ready tanker aircraft at the lowest cost to the American taxpayer.”


New York manufacturers ready to produce critical components on the NewGen Tanker include:


AVOX Systems, Lancaster

B/E Aerospace, Holbrook

BW Elliott Manufacturing Co., Binghamton

Cox & Company, Plainview

Ducommun AeroStructures, Coxsackie

EDO Corp., Bohemia

Ellanef Manufacturing, Corona

Flightline Electronics Inc., Victor

Moog Industrial Controls Group, East Aurora

Parker Hannifin, Smithtown

Safe Flight Instrument Corp., White Plains

Telephonics, Huntington

WS Wilson Corp., Port Washington.

Currently, Boeing has 85 employees in New York and works with nearly 732 suppliers/vendors, delivering a total $871 million in annual economic impact.


The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker will meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service's final KC-X Request for Proposal released Feb. 24.


The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.


The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.


Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767As to the Italian Air Force.


More information on Boeing's NewGen Tanker, including video clips and an interactive tour of the aircraft, is available at http://www.UnitedStatesTanker.com. For more information on joining the company's efforts, visit http://www.RealAmericanTankers.com.


A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.




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