ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Congress is making a move that may help keep the Boeing Super Hornet assembly line funded and open here in St. Louis.
The Super Hornet employes approximately 4,000 people in St. Louis, but it only has orders to keep the line open through 2016.
Now, the latest budget signed into law late last week contains a down payment of $75 million for 22 of the Super Hornets the Navy hasn’t ordered.
The idea is to give the Navy the option this year of spending as much as $2 billlion for the extra planes, as back up in case an order of Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighters is delayed.
Missouri Senators McCaskill and Blunt are both pushing the Navy to pull the trigger on the extra Super Hornets. Blunt has warned of fighter jet shortfalls on aircraft carriers.