Five F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft and a KC-135 Stratotanker in silhouette during an aerial refueling operation over MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. in 1998. The KC-135 is the aircraft in question in an impending announcement by the Pentagon.
The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia, Mo. The University of Missouri system is proposing an average 5.5 percent tution increase for in-state undergraduates in the next academic year. (via Flickr/Adam Procter)
The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS), just one of the models of aircraft Boeing produces, during an unveiling ceremony in St. Louis on May 10, 2010. Reports state China will announce deals today including one to buy 200 Boeing airplanes.
A senior administration official says China will announce deals Wednesday to purchase $45 billion in U.S.
exports, including a $19 billion agreement to buy 200 Boeing airplanes, according to the Associated Press.
The official says the deal will create 235,000 jobs in the U.S.
It is important to note, however, that these planes will be commercial aircraft. Moreover, the St. Louis division of Boeing, which produces military aircraft, is unlikely to benefit directly from today's deal.