Escambia County

Boeing threatens to drop out

August 22, 2008

Reuters reports: Boeing Co. confirmed on Friday it may withdraw from a $35 billion competition for new aerial refueling aircraft unless the Pentagon agrees to give it six months to submit a new bid.


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  • anon123 August 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Namzaps – in the first bidding process, Northrup’s plan was for a plane that the Air Force can’t even use. The boom would not fit existing aircraft, the tanker would not “fit” existing military facilities, and the tanker was too large to perform it’s intended use. That’s why they lost the bid, why should THEY even be considered qualified to rebid the project? The Armed Services Committee/GAO hearing is on the C-Spam website somewhere, it’s 2-2hour sessions…did you miss it? Seek, find…it’s an eyeopener.

  • AnonCG August 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    They are doing this to prolong the situation to the next, more friendly (to them) administration.

  • exgs August 23, 2008 at 11:09 am


    Boeing demands another 6 months on a bid they screwed up the first time! From an aerospace family take my concerns to heed: Boeing is old school 20th Century tech waiting to fail. Our kids up in the skies deserve better, much better!

    M son tells me to never get on a Boeing/MCD airframe if i can avoid it. He’s an engineer and he works for Boeing!

  • Dookie August 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Boeing needs six months to bribe everyone that can influence the decision on this contract, thats how business works in Washington.Be sure & give that senile a.s.s.h.o.l.e Robert Byrd his share, whats go for West Virginia is good for the USA!!

  • namzaps August 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    How did they manage to submit a bid the first time? Have the specs changed? Something smells very fishy about this…

  • gb silver foxx August 22, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I saw on cnbc where Boeing wanted a six month extension on the bidding process.