August 13, 2001 |
Under the blistering desert sun, in a hangar surrounded by barbed-wire-topped fences and electronic security gates, dozens of mechanics bustle around an F-22 Raptor, the most deadly fighter ever built. The Air Force says the F-22 can do things no fighter has ever done--flying faster and farther than any rival, and all with gymnastic maneuverability. But right now, the aircraft's fight isn't in the skies over Bosnia or in a dogfight with Iraqi MIGs--it is in the corridors of the Pentagon.
October 14, 1999 |
The House on Wednesday approved a $278-billion defense appropriations bill that will keep alive the imperiled F-22 fighter plane program and provide military personnel with their biggest pay raise in 18 years. By a 372-55 vote, the chamber passed a compromise measure that gives the military $4.5 billion more than President Clinton recommended and $17 billion more than was spent on defense in fiscal 1999. The bill is expected to win Senate approval.
March 11, 1998 |
Flight tests of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-22 stealth fighter are falling far enough behind schedule that Congress should examine whether to slow approval of production money for the most expensive U.S. weapons program, the General Accounting Office said Tuesday. Technical and manufacturing problems during development are reducing the number of flight test hours for what the Defense Department sees as its top radar-evading, 21st-century fighter.
December 23, 1993 |
Air Force Places Order for Lockheed F-22s: The Air Force formally proposed buying 442 of the advanced fighter jets, but the request still needs the approval of top Pentagon officials, said Air Force spokeswoman Marie Bradshaw. The plane is being developed by Calabasas-based Lockheed Corp. and Boeing Co. for the 21st Century. The Pentagon earlier said it might order 648 F-22s for about $60 billion but has scaled back those plans. The planes will be built at Lockheed plants in Marietta, Ga.
August 3, 1991 |
Lockheed Wins Fighter Job: The Air Force awarded a team led by Lockheed a $9.55-billion contract to begin development of the F-22 jet fighter. Separately, Pratt & Whitney received a contract for $1.37 billion to develop 33 of the F-22 jet engines. The two awards, which will be cost-plus-type contracts, total $11 billion. The F-22 will be the Air Force's next generation fighter, replacing the F-15.
June 23, 1992 |
Software Contract: PDA Engineering, a maker of engineering software, said Monday that Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. in Marietta, Ga., has selected PDA's software system to help it develop a new jet fighter. PDA said Lockheed selected its M/Vision software after an extensive review and will use the materials-analysis software to analyze data from thousands of tests on parts materials for the Air Force's planned F-22 fighter.