Canada and Russia agreed Thursday to strengthen their economic ties and increase cooperation in both aerospace and scientific research in the Artic, the home of vast hydrocarbon reserves.
Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast and Russian First Vice-Premier Viktor Zoubkov signed the joint declaration in Ottawa between the two countries with the biggest territories in the world as part of their Eighth Intergovernmental Economic Commission meeting.
“With trade representing some 60 percent of our economy, deepening our relationship with key countries like Russia is vital to our economic recovery,” said Fast.
“As a fast-growing economy, Russia offers great potential for Canadian companies, which would strengthen our economic growth and lead to more jobs.”
Bilateral trade with Russia totaled $2.8 billion in 2010, an increase of 12.3 percent from the previous year, according to Canadian government figures.
Boeing news | Boeing, EADS submit final bids for Air Force tanker contract | Seattle Times Newspaper
By Dominic Gates
Seattle Times aerospace reporter
The two contenders for the Air Force aerial-refueling tanker contract, Boeing and Airbus parent EADS, submitted their final bids Thursday.
Boeing has proposed a military version of its 767 airliner, to be built on its Everett assembly line alongside commercial jets.
EADS is offering an Airbus A330 tanker, to be assembled at a new wide-body jet facility in Mobile, Ala., along with commercial A330 freighter jets.
Since both contending airplanes meet all the mandatory-performance requirements, the terms of the competition mandate that the lowest price should be decisive.
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on Thursday said Boeing’s final bid price is “aggressive but responsible.”
Speaking to analysts at a conference in New York, The Associated Press reported, McNerney told his audience: “The people in this room would be glad if we won at the bid level that we’ve put in, and would be happy if we lost at a lower level.”
However, price in the end may not be the deciding factor because the contest has become heavily politicized.
Cranes lifted the F6F-3 Hellcat out of 250 feet of water in Waukegan, Ill., about 40 miles north of Chicago, on Tuesday.
The plane had been submerged since Lt. Walter Elcock, the pilot who survived the crash, was practicing landing on the U.S.S. Sable aircraft carrier on Jan. 5, 1945. As he was coming to the deck, Elcock recalled he brought the plane in too low, lost his lift and crashed into the water, according to an interview with the Daily Mail.
He is now 89 years old and lives in Atlanta.
The plane will eventually be displayed at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida.
This is the sixth Hellcat fighter plane that the U.S. Navy has pulled out of Lake Michigan. Most recently, the Douglas SBD Dauntless U.S. Navy plane was recovered from the lake in April.
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