Machinists to ‘greet’ McCain; KC-45 groundbreaking

Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain can expect a chilly reception from Boeing Co. Machinists when he arrives in Seattle today.

The labor group have planned a protest at Boeing Field to greet the senator, who killed the first Boeing tanker deal with the U.S. Air Force. Many believe it was McCain who kept Northrop Grumman and EADS in the latest go-round for the $35 billion deal.

The Air Force picked Northrop’s tanker Feb. 29. Boeing has protested the contract. The Government Accountability Office is expected to finish its review mid-June.

For more on McCain and Boeing, read this story from the Herald’s archieve, complete with a link to McCain’s political advertisements on the tanker controversy.

In other tanker news

Northrop Grumman and EADS are so confident that the GAO’s review of the contract will favor them that they have scheduled the groundbreaking for the new KC-45 facility in Mobile, Ala., for June 28.

“We anticipate a favorable decision and look forward to starting construction on this historic facility,” said Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer, in a press statement.

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