Boeing and Spirit employees in Wichita were expecting to be among the thousands of American workers who would build the new Air Force refueling jets. Instead, a week after the announcement Boeing was getting an explanation about why deal went to a group that includes Europe's Airbus.
"We were shocked last Friday," says Boeing Vice President Mark McGraw. "I think a lot of people across the country were shocked and frankly I think our competitor was shocked."
Just out of a day-long debriefing with the Air Force, McGraw spoke with Eyewitness News from Washington. "We are taking the feedback we got today. We still have serious concerns about the process."
McGraw says Boeing officials will reflect on what was discussed and announce early next week whether to file a formal protest. If they do, the General Accounting Office will determine whether mistakes were made to warrant rebidding the project.