January 28, 1994 |
Ending months of suspense, Israel announced Thursday that it will buy 20 F-15E fighters from McDonnell Douglas Corp. for $2 billion instead of acquiring Lockheed Corp.'s F-16. "This is a great day for McDonnell Douglas and the F-15 program," said John P. Capellupo, McDonnell's executive vice president. The Israeli order was a major blow to Calabasas-based Lockheed, which had lobbied hard to sell Israel 42 of its F-16 fighters. Lockheed Chairman Daniel M.
December 21, 1993 |
Lockheed Corp. is lobbying Israel to reconsider its tentative decision to purchase up to 20 fighter planes from McDonnell Douglas Corp. for $1.8 billion--a deal that Lockheed several months ago thought it had all but sewn up. The battle has major significance for the rival aerospace giants because the contract could be the last big foreign order of fighter jets for years to come.
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.