October 29, 1992 |
In a move intended to help President Bush's campaign in Texas, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that General Dynamics' aircraft division in Fort Worth will sell updated equipment for the F-16 fighter worth $1.85 billion to four European countries. The announcement to Congress came after months of negotiation with Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway, all of which jointly build the U.S.-designed plane.
July 31, 1992 |
President Bush said Thursday that he may end a decade-old ban on the sale of F-16 warplanes to Taiwan, a step that could open the way for new ties with the increasingly prosperous island but would surely provoke a crisis in Washington's relationship with China.
August 27, 1991 |
Structural cracks in the F-16 N Falcon aircraft, used to train Navy pilots, have forced the cancellation of the class at the famed Top Gun fighter pilot school, officials said Monday. Navy pilots attending the school at the Miramar Naval Air Station fly the F-16s to simulate battle between U.S. and Soviet combat planes. "They can't do it (the training) without the F-16s. Right now, they're trying to look at some alternatives to use as adversarial trainers," said Cmdr.
July 24, 1991 |
The Air Force on Tuesday confirmed that it has discovered cracks in some of its F-16 Falcon fighter planes and called them relatively minor, not enough to ground the fleet. Capt. George Sillia, an Air Force spokesman, said that cracks were found in 10 F-16s operated by the U.S. Air Force and in 10 F-16s sold to other countries that he could not immediately identify. The cracks are at a point where the wing attaches to the plane's body.
March 29, 1991 |
South Korea canceled its order to buy 120 McDonnell Douglas F-18 jet fighters Thursday, selecting instead the less costly General Dynamics F-16 in a deal potentially worth $5.2 billion. The reversal, which came as a stunning surprise not only to industry observers but even to McDonnell, could help General Dynamics sustain employment at its Ft. Worth plant, which has been hit hard by layoffs over the past year.
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March 23, 1991 |
The pilot of an Air Force F-16 was trying to urinate in a cockpit device when the $20-million plane went out of control at 28,000 feet and crashed at Palmdale Regional Airport in December, an Air Force report said Friday. The report describes the events leading up to the Dec. 1 accident, but it does not assign blame for the crash.
February 10, 1991 |
Despite the destruction of 33 Iraqi aircraft in the Gulf War so far, only a few of the engagements have involved the close and complex aerial combat that characterizes dogfights. Many of the other enemy craft have been downed without the elaborate maneuvering that is associated with Top Gun-type flying. In one of the first dogfights of the war, U.S. F-15 pilot Capt. Steve Tate locked in on an Iraqi F-1 Mirage that was on the tail of another U.S. F-15.