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McDONNELL DOUGLAS BECOMES PREDOMINANT SUPPLIER OF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT PILOT TRAINING SERVICES TO U.S. AIR FORCE

McDONNELL DOUGLAS BECOMES PREDOMINANT SUPPLIER OF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
 PILOT TRAINING SERVICES TO U.S. AIR FORCE
 ST. LOUIS, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) became the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) predominant supplier of fighter aircraft pilot training services this month when it was awarded contracts for F-16 Falcon and F-15 Eagle aircrew training and courseware development.
 McDonnell Douglas Training Systems Inc. was awarded an $11.7 million F-16 contract May 7 for the management of 40 instructors at six USAF bases and two Air National Guard units. The instructors teach pilots in the classroom and in simulators. The contract, which is for one year with renewal options for three additional years, also calls for making modifications to and developing courseware to coincide with aircraft upgrades and changing lesson plans.
 In winning the F-16 contract, McDonnell Douglas unseated CAE Link Corp., which had held the contract since 1988.
 On May 20, McDonnell Douglas Training Systems was awarded a $6.6 million contract to conduct F-15 Eagle aircrew training and courseware development at five USAF bases.
 Under the F-15 contract, McDonnell Douglas will continue to be responsible for academic and simulator instruction and courseware development for all models of the Eagle. The contract also is for one year with renewal options for three additional years. Both the F-16 and F-15 contracts are effective Oct. 1.
 "Winning these contracts positions us well with our customer," said Frank Kimball, general manager of McDonnell Douglas Training Systems. "In the case of the F-15, not only do we make the premier fighter aircraft for the Air Force, we train the pilots who fly them."
 McDonnell Douglas Training Systems has held the F-15 aircrew contract for the last five years, but was required by the Air Force to rebid it when it came up for renewal this year. Among the company's major competitors were CAE Link Corp., Reflectone Training Corp., Flight Safety Intl. and UNC Services.
 McDonnell Douglas Training Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas.
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