WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ousted Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne says
if bidding on a tanker contract is reopened, the new refueling planes will not go into service in 2013 as planned.
Wynne says officials will try to meet the deadline because of the deteoriating condition of the current fleet. Friday was his last day as secretary.
Wynne said he's disappointed by the GAO review that found errors in the Air Force decision to award the $35 billion contract to Northrop Grumman and the parent company of Airbus. Boeing was the loser in the bidding and protested to the GAO.
Kansas lawmakers and labor leaders have said that the Wichita area would lose 500 jobs and 3,800 would be lost statewide if Boeing doesn't get the contract.