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Evergreen State’s loss in tanker deal is Alabama’s gain

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm with No Comments »
February 29, 2008 2:55 pm

Folks around here, like U.S. Rep. Adam Smith and Gov. Chris Gregoire, are waiting to read the fine print to find out why Boeing lost the bid for the Pentagon’s tanker contract.

In Alabama, meanwhile, politicians are celebrating because the tanker will be built in Mobile, generating thousands of jobs.

From U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

"Today’s selection of Northrop Grumman/EADS to build the Air Force’s next air refueling tanker is fantastic news for Alabama. It marks a full circle transition for Brookley Field from a mothballed airbase to a world-class aircraft manufacturing center.

The Air Force conducted an extensive competition to identify the finest aircraft available based on the needs and requirements of the military. The Northrop Grumman/EADS team put forward a competitive offer to build the KC-30 tanker and won the competition on the merits of the proposal and the outstanding capabilities of the aircraft.”

From U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

"The KC-30 is by far the most superior platform in design, fuel efficiency and overall capability. Not only is this the right decision for our military, but it is great news for Alabama. Our state’s highly skilled workforce is ready for this challenge and will take full advantage of this opportunity to bolster Alabama’s burgeoning economy and support the American warfighter.”

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