F-15 gets a lifeline

U.S. Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo., added to the $416 billion 2005 defense spending bill a provision ensuring the St. Louis Boeing plant will continue to make F-15 figher-bombers until at least the end of 2008. However, Air Force officials are reportedly worried that the extended F-15 production timeline will jeopardize congressional support for the new Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter, which is currently being tested and was originally intended as a replacement for the F-15.

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