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GE Aviation looks to Feds for funding

By Rontina McCann - bio|email

EVENDALE (FOX 19) -- GE Aviation is making plans for the future.

The company hopes to secure $500 million in federal funding to help make the new single engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) a reality.

Over the next 30 years the JSF will replace 75 percent of the U.S. Armed Forces fighter jets, retiring the F-14, F-16 and F-A18s, among other air craft. The new jet will run off of one engine, not two, and GE hopes to supple that engine to the military.

Around 1,000 jobs at the GE plant depend on this project. In the past four years, Congress has already allocated several billion to GE to develop the engine.

The money is tied up in committee right now. A GE spokesman says expect it to be this summer before the plant gets the funding.

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