Air Force awards tanker contract to Boeing

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Capping a decade of delays and embarrassing missteps, the Air Force on Thursday awarded one of the biggest defense contracts ever — a $35 billion deal to build nearly 200 giant airborne refueling tankers — to Chicago-based Boeing Co. over European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. The contract will mean […]

Air Force awards $35B tanker contract to Boeing

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Capping a decade of delays and embarrassing missteps, the Air Force on Thursday awarded one of the biggest defense contracts ever — a $35 billion deal to build nearly 200 giant airborne refueling tankers — to Chicago-based Boeing Co. over European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. The contract will mean […]

Boeing drops UAV classes in Clovis

Gabe Monte A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program in Clovis was not […]

Airline fears fiscal crash

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Great Lakes Aviation recently settled overdue rent payments with Boeing Capital Corp., but the airline still owes more than $10 million to Raytheon Aircraft Co., according to documents Great Lakes filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Clovis Civil Aviation Board Chairman Roger Hatcher said he does not […]

Unmanned aerial vehicle takes flight

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight in the sun. No pilot guides elusive No. 05-134, but the unmanned aerial vehicle glides obediently to the end of its pre-programmed flight. The plane is snagged out of […]

Unmanned aircraft will be tested at base bombing range

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Perched on the front lawn of the Clovis Community College, the spy plane looked strikingly similar to a praying mantis. Produced by Boeing, the unmanned aerial vehicle known as the ScanEagle was brought to Clovis in preparation for training classes scheduled to begin today at the college. Boeing, the world’s leading […]

July 8, 2006 Briefs

Area leaders plan to meet regarding growth challenges Eastern New Mexico leaders will meet with a federal agency next month to discuss growth challenges that may emerge with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a joint press release from the cities of Clovis and Portales and the counties of Roosevelt and […]

Boeing to share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We are […]

Boeing plan doesn’t impact Cannon search

Freedom Newspapers Boeing’s plans to use the Melrose Bombing Range for robotic airplane training flights are unrelated to the search for a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, according to an Air Force spokeswoman. It has “no impact on the (Base Realignment and Closure) recommendation regarding Cannon (Air Force Base),” Air Force spokeswoman Shirley […]

Boeing tests definite at Melrose range

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Flight training for a Boeing-designed robotic airplane, dubbed the ScanEagle, will be conducted at the Melrose Bombing Range beginning this summer, according to Boeing spokesperson Chick Ramey. The range is a 66,000-acre swath of land located west of Cannon Air Force Base, which serves as the primary training site […]

Boeing also considering Cannon

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Unmanned aerial vehicles could possibly soar over the skies of Clovis in the near future, according to a Boeing executive. The Seattle-based commercial jet and military contractor giant is interested in conducting test flights for its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles in Clovis, said retired Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson, who […]