Boeing Co. is consolidating its defense operations and plans to move up to 500 jobs to the St. Louis area from Washington state, the base of its commercial aircraft operation. About 900 jobs will go to Oklahoma City, and 600 others to Patuxent River, Md., and Jacksonville, Fla.
The new jobs in St. Louis involve upgrading and servicing the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force’s newest fighter. Though Lockheed Martin is the main contractor for the F-22, Boeing has key contracts with that fighter program. St. Louis already is a base for F-22 training, teaching crews to maintain the aircraft. The job move will take up to three years to complete.