The U.S. Air Force's award of a $35 billion contract to build refueling tankers will bring about 100 jobs to North Carolina.
Yesterday's contract award to defense contractor Boeing caps a years-long drama during which contracts were awarded, appealed and rescinded, while several executives received prison terms for criminal fraud.
Chicago-based Boeing plans to build the planes in Washington state and retrofit them for military use in Kansas. Boeing's tanker is a military adaptation of Boeing's 767 commercial airplane.
But various assemblies would be built by subcontractors in Greensboro, Wilson, Shelby and Monroe. North Carolina's contribution to the Boeing tanker will include gearboxes, transmissions, braking mechanisms, fire suppressors and hydraulic fluid filtration assemblies.