September 16, 1990 |
Beneath the clear, blue skies above the Saudi Arabian desert, there is a bureaucratic skirmish being waged, and it has pitted one of the Air Force's sleekest war birds, the F-16 Falcon, against an ungainly beast called "the Warthog" by the pilots who fly it. Their role is to destroy any tanks bearing down on U.S. forces, and the debate is over how it should be done and who should do it. The Iraqi military threat to Saudi Arabia, which would set one of the world's largest tank armies against U.S.
February 22, 1990 |
The Air Force understated its cost on the B-1 bomber by $7.5 billion and on two other aircraft programs by an additional $18 billion, according to a draft General Accounting Office report that found that the Air Force's accounting practices have "significant internal control weaknesses." The GAO disclosed, for example, that when the Air Force Space Division in Los Angeles found a $2.
June 6, 1989
The Administration is considering the sale of 60 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan at a cost of $1.4 billion and may make an announcement of an agreement during the current visit to Washington of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, U.S. officials said. Bhutto is to hold talks today with President Bush and Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and an official said the sale "will certainly be discussed." But he refused to comment on any timetable for the purchase. The wisdom of the proposed sale has already been questioned by some members of Congress who fear it will only add more fuel to the arms race under between Pakistan and India and divert Pakistani resources from needed economic investment at home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1989 |
An F-16 fighter plunged into the sea off northern Norway, killing the pilot, and defense officials said Wednesday that it was the ninth such aircraft lost by the Norwegian air force in as many years. The cause of the crash is not yet known.
January 5, 1989 |
An F-16 fighter jet crashed on a training mission near a bombing range Wednesday, but the pilot ejected safely before his aircraft slammed into the ground, Air Force officials said.
June 30, 1988 |
Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon jet fighters collided in midair Wednesday and exploded, an Air Force spokeswoman said. The accident occurred less than two hours after another F-16 crashed into the Black Forest, 90 miles away. West German police said one pilot was killed in the collision, while the other ejected and was injured. The dead pilot was identified by the U.S. military as Capt. Michael Crandall, and the injured pilot as Capt Robert McCormack.
June 10, 1988 |
A pair of wild pigs that wandered off course were hit by an F-16 fighter, forcing the pilot to eject as the jet veered off a runway and crashed at Jacksonville International Airport. The pigs were killed. The pilot was bruised. The $16-million jet was destroyed. Lt. Col. Sam Carter, 46, was rolling down the runway at 160 m.p.h. after landing Tuesday night when he saw "a brown blur" and felt a bump before his Air National Guard jet veered toward a ditch and a stand of pines.
May 27, 1988
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreed to transfer 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Spain to Italy and to pay for the relocation with NATO infrastructure funds. Gen. Wolfgang Altenburg, chairman of NATO's military committee, said that the panel had recommended Italy as "the only suitable country." West German Defense Minister Rupert Scholz said the ministers unanimously approved the recommendation during a meeting in Brussels.