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The Tanker Tango

The World Trade Organization has apparently issued a final ruling saying that Boeing did indeed recieve unfair — not illegal — subsidies that benefit the development of its aircraft fleet. According to the New York Times, the WTO ruled, in a confidential report, that Boeing received about $5 billion in subsidies. The WTO focused on about $24 […]

In case you didn’t see it, yesterday a bipartisan group of senators signed on to a letter by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) calling for the Pentagon’s Inspector General to investigate the incident where the Air Force and sent rivals EADS and Boeing information on each others bids in the $35 billion KC-X contest. Now, EADS […]

Oops. A “substantial” part of the aerial refueling boom aboard an Airbus A330 MRTT tanker built for the Royal Australian Air Force broke off and fell into the Atlantic during a recent flight test. While everyone aboard the (Airbus crewed) tanker and refuelee was ok, a “major part of the boom broke off part-way through […]

Us media types just received a holiday greeting from KC-X contender EADS North America’s press office reminding everyone we’re about to enter the second decade of Air Force’s push to replace its oldest KC-135s. I hope you have a great holiday season.  It’s been a pleasure working with you in 2010—and in the years preceding.  I […]

What!?!?! Just when we thought this was going to be wrapped up soon, the Air Force has mistakenly given Boeing and EADS information on the other team’s respective bids for KC-X. Read the following from Defense News: “Earlier this month, there was a clerical error that resulted in limited amounts of identical source selection information being […]