Boeing to slow down the C-17

Talk about a timing that just looks bad if it is related or not. Boeing will cut about 1,100 jobs over the next two years as it slows production of its C-17 military transport aircraft. This was done the day after they agreed on a 19 billion dollar deal with China. The real reason and not just the lame stream media hype is that Boeing will deliver 13 C-17s in 2011, this is one less than the prior year. The new annual production rate for the C-17 is ten. The country buys less planes there are less workers needed to create them. 10. The long-haul military cargo C-17, which is in its 18th year of service, can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields, the company says. The fleet continues to operate at an accelerated rate due to the recent troop surge in Afghanistan. The US Air Force is the biggest customer, taking 206 of the 226 C-17s delivered worldwide. Boeing it was working to land additional international orders for the C-17, in India and Kuwait. The Defense Department’s proposed fiscal 2011 budget funds the shutdown of the C-17 program. It is a legend and it will be missed as this staple of the military flies into the sunset.

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