By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., pushed last week for the United States Air Force to choose Tuskegee, Alabama, as the new site for a new aircraft manufacturing plant.
“I want this as bad as anybody in this room, for the T-100 to come here to Tuskegee and be a part of my Congressional District,” Rogers said in a statement.
Rogers was in Tuskegee with other city and county officials to push for the program last week in Tuskegee.
They are pushing for the plant as part of the Tuskegee Airmen legacy, which was a group of African-American pilots trained in the segregated Air Corps during World War II. Their most famous claim to fame was never losing a bomber when escorting them over German airspace in multiple battles.
This is just one part of the City’s “When We Win” campaign for the new manufacturing plant.
The plant will produce 750 permanent jobs and many construction jobs as it is being built. It will cost an estimated $300 million. It will produce the new T-100 planes.
The plane is used to train Air Force pilots for advanced combat planes, such as the F-35 and F-22.
The Air Force is expected to make their decision of where the plant will go before the end of the year.