At the turn of the decade, Boeing’s F-15 production line in St. Louis faced the very real prospect of closing, with no planned expansion of the U.S. fleet and final F-15SG and F-15K deliveries to Singapore and South Korea due by 2012. With production down to one aircraft per month, just in the nick of time on Dec. 24, 2011, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia finalized a $29.4 billion transaction for 84 new F-15SAs and an upgrade of 70 existing F-15Ss. History appears to be repeating ...

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