Current work on the C-130 has been put on hold, after President Barack Obama earlier this year proposed eliminating the plane because it’s more expensive and less capable than others. But the people working in the 110 of about 232 C-130 positions already transferred to Oklahoma City now are working on the B-1, said Steve Goo, a transplant from California and vice president of weapon systems modernization.
Goo said the Oklahoma City consolidation in large part was about cutting costs and getting closer to its customers, Tinker and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
“With its current economic crisis, our country can’t afford to buy new aircraft,” Goo said. “But we’re contracting major updates so that our aircraft, many of them built in the early ’60s, can fly close to 80 years, be reliable and relevant, and continue to protect us and keep us free.”
Goo welcomes his relocation here, where he and his wife are leasing a home in north Edmond.
“The first thing that struck me is the traffic; it actually moves,” he said.
Plus, gasoline costs are nearly $1 less than in the Los Angeles area, he said.
“And there’s clean air: you don’t see any smog,” Goo said. “There’s almost never a day that’s this clear in California.”