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East Alabama loses bid for Air Force training jet

September 28, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new Air Force training jet won’t be built in eastern Alabama.

Developers proposed Tuskegee’s Moton Field as a site for an Italian manufacturer to assemble the T-100 trainer, but the Pentagon chose Boeing for the project.

The news is a disappointment for officials who hoped an aircraft plant would be a badly needed boost for the region. But Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says it’s good that the area united to pursue the aerospace factory.

The T-100 project would have brought more than 750 jobs to the region. Instead, Boeing will receive a $9.2 billion contract to produce 351 T-X trainer jets, plus simulators and other equipment.

The proposed site for the Alabama project was once the training home of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

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