Boeing Needed International Help to Build New Training Jet

U.S. Air Force training planes made with a lot of Swedish help, delivered by Russia. If this isn’t a signal America has lost its edge, we probably don’t want to know what else might be around the corner.

 

Boeing partnered with Swedish company Saab to design their candidate for the Air Force's next advanced trainer aircraft.

Boeing partnered with Swedish company Saab to design their candidate for the Air Force’s next advanced trainer aircraft.


A decade of layoffs forced the US giant to seek engineering and manufacturing talent from partner Saab.

It seemed so all-American: a U.S. aviation giant unveiling its newest military jet to flashing lights and thumping heavy-metal music. But the sleek twin-tailed T-X — Boeing’s candidate to become the U.S. Air Force’s next pilot trainer — couldn’t have made it to the dolled-up St. Louis hangar without a good deal of international help.

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