A key member of the Bush White House was caught red-handed lying about the existence of an experimental aircraft engine that could replace a Boeing 767 jetliner, The Hill has learned.
Richard Armitage, who served as assistant to the president for the Air Force, was the chief engineer for the project.
According to his personal website, Armitages expertise included flight and landing systems for commercial aircraft and military transport aircraft.
Armitas past work includes a flight simulator and a flight control system for a U.S. Navy ship.
Armitage told The Hill in 2010 that the Boeing 787-9 engine would be “one of the most powerful and reliable commercial jet engines in the world.”
In 2012, he told a group of business leaders in Las Vegas that the engine was “the best of the best.”
Armitages denial of the engine’s existence came in February of that year, two months before he joined President Barack Obama’s transition team.
The Bush administration’s denial of Boeing’s engine was an unprecedented development.
Since World War II, Boeing has been the world’s biggest engine supplier.
The company has been a dominant player in the U.K. and France, as well as elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East.
In addition to denying the 787 engine, the Bush campaign and the Obama administration made numerous statements and actions to try to stop Boeing from selling the engine to the U,S.
It was the first time the U was going to have a commercial jet engine, and it came with an enormous price tag.
A spokesman for the Obama campaign said, “There is no evidence that the government was told of the existence or existence of the 737-800 engine or any other engine that would power the 767.”
In a statement to The Hill, Boeing spokesman Greg DeCaro called Armita’s statements “false and offensive.”
He said, In order to avoid political fallout from a false claim, Boeing did not share the details of the alleged information with the Bush transition team, and the company is now fully cooperating with the investigations into this matter.
“The Hill has obtained emails that show that in the fall of 2011, the US.
Department of Energy and the Pentagon were informed that the 7-800 aircraft engine would not be delivered to the Bush team.
In December of that same year, according to emails obtained by The Hill and a UPI analysis, the Pentagon asked Boeing to delay delivery of the 789-10 engine, also known as the Advanced Advanced Flight Experiment Unit (AFXU), which would replace the 777-400.
Boeing told the Pentagon the engine would “only be ready in five years” and would cost $2.7 billion to produce.
In February of 2012, Boeing said it would produce the AFXU engine for $3.6 billion.
On March 14, 2012, the State Department asked Boeing if it had the AFTU engine.
Boeing said, we don’t have it yet.
A few days later, a State Department official wrote back, “I will get back to you asap.”
A few hours later, Boeing wrote back again, and again, on April 6, 2012.
The next day, on May 16, 2012 the State Dept. asked again to get the AFNU engine, but again Boeing said no.
On June 1, 2012 Boeing informed the State department that the AFSU was not working and would not work.
The State Department wrote back that “we have the AFMU engine” and asked if the Pentagon would help Boeing.
On June 10, 2012 an official from the Pentagon’s Center for Aviation Safety wrote back to Boeing that the Pentagon had requested that the State Departments Aviation Safety Directorate and Department of Defense’s Air and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) develop a plan for “the AFNUI” to replace the AF6 and AF7 engines, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2019.
The Hill previously reported that the Bush Administration had delayed the AFU engine’s delivery until 2019 and delayed the delivery of an engine with a similar configuration that was supposed to be ready for delivery in 2019, but had not yet been delivered.
The Bush administration also pushed Boeing to speed up the delivery date of the AFNG engine.
On July 20, 2012 a UPUA engineer wrote back in an email to Boeing, “It is too late to delay AFNG, as the AFB will be ready.”
On July 28, 2012 it was reported that Boeing was working to delay the AF7 engine, which was supposed for delivery on July 20.
On August 11, 2012 The Hill reported that after more than a year of delays, Boeing had finally delivered the AF3 engine for the 757-8.
A week later, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FAA jointly released their final report on the safety of the 9-11 attacks.
The NTSB found that the engines