WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement today following the U.S. Department of Defense’s announcement to award the $35 billion U.S. Air Force KC-X aerial refueling tanker contract to Boeing:
“Today’s decision ends nearly a decade of delay and is a victory for our airmen and women who will no longer have to depend upon an Eisenhower-era tanker fleet,” Sen. Jerry Moran said. “Replacing our aging tanker fleet is essential to the security of our country and safety of our troops, and Kansas workers stand ready to build the next generation of refueling tankers for our military.
“Wichita has long been known as the ‘Air Capital of the World,’ and will live up to that reputation as thousands of skilled Kansans get to work on building the next generation tanker. This decision is great news for our state’s economy and will bring much-needed jobs to the aviation industry that has been hit particularly hard during the economic recession. I look forward to the day when Boeing tankers are coming off the Wichita production lines and being flown by the airmen and women at McConnell Air Force Base.”###