March 10, 2009 |
The F-22 Raptor is sex on carbon fiber wings. This is America's premier air superiority fighter, and it's a bad, bad monkey. At an F-22 demonstration at the Reno Air Show in September, I nearly passed out from testosterone poisoning. If you're at an advertising firm -- say, Keiler & Co. of Farmington, Conn., the agency of record for Lockheed Martin Corp. -- and the product you're promoting is this sky-shredding death kite, you might expect to knock off early.
February 16, 2008 |
The top two officials of the Air Force on Friday disowned comments made earlier this week by a four-star general who implied the service was at odds with the Bush administration over purchases of sophisticated new F-22 fighters. Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff, and Michael W. Wynne, the Air Force secretary and top civilian official, said the general's remarks "misrepresent the position of the U.S.
February 15, 2008 |
In an intensifying dispute over weapons priorities, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Thursday privately rebuked a four-star general for suggesting the Air Force intended to buy twice as many sophisticated F-22 Raptor aircraft as the Bush administration had approved, according to Air Force officials. One senior defense official called the remarks by Gen.
December 23, 2004 |
An Air Force general said he expected the F/A-22 Raptor to join combat operations by the end of next year, despite this week's crash of one of the next-generation stealth fighter jets. "We're going to keep right on going," said Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Goldfein, the Air Warfare Center commander at Nellis Air Force Base, where the approximately $133-million plane crashed and burned on a runway shortly after takeoff Monday.
December 22, 2004 |
Flights of a next-generation stealth fighter jet were grounded nationwide Tuesday while investigators at Nellis Air Force Base combed the wreckage of one that crashed during testing, the Air Force said. The pilot of the F/A-22 Raptor ejected shortly before the crash Monday and was taken to a hospital. He was not seriously hurt, said Capt. Maureen Schumann, an Air Force spokeswoman.
November 21, 2002 |
Faced with an unexpected $690-million cost overrun in its troubled F/A-22 fighter program, the Pentagon may slash the number of planes it purchases from Lockheed Martin Corp., a senior official said Wednesday. The development is an embarrassment for the Air Force and for Lockheed Martin, which designed the plane at its Skunk Works facility in Burbank. The program has seen rising costs and recent management shake-ups.