April 24, 1991 |
The aerospace industry in Southern California lost big when the Air Force on Tuesday decided to give the $14-billion development contract for the advanced tactical fighter to a team led by Lockheed Corp. The initial impact will be in the hundreds of jobs that will be eliminated by Los Angeles-based Northrop Corp., the Lockheed team's vanquished competitor.
April 28, 1992 |
A prototype Lockheed F-22 jet fighter caught fire and burned extensively on the main runway at Edwards Air Force Base on Saturday after experiencing problems during a test flight by a Lockheed company pilot, who escaped with minor injuries. The Air Force said the pilot decided to make an emergency landing after the aircraft experienced "uncommanded oscillations"--meaning, apparently, that it began to vibrate--during touch-and-go landing maneuvers.
August 16, 2001 |
A key Pentagon panel has approved starting limited production of the U.S. Air Force's controversial F-22 jet fighter despite acknowledging that costs were exceeding projections and that fewer jets could eventually be built. The Defense Department panel, in an eagerly awaited decision, told the Air Force that it could begin initial production of 10 F-22s for $2.1 billion, but that the planned number of planes would have to be reduced to 295 from 333.
April 24, 1991 |
The good news for Southern California in Tuesday's announcement that a Lockheed-led team will build the nation's next fighter jet was spread rather thin. Lockheed estimates that the F-22 advanced tactical fighter project will generate 5,000 jobs for subcontractors in Southern California. But many subcontractors expect the new jobs simply to replace positions in expiring programs; the net employment gain will be far smaller, according to company spokesmen.
September 8, 1997 |
Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor stealth fighter was taken on its maiden test flight, spending an hour in the air at speeds up to 285 mph. "If you can fly a Cessna 150, you can fly this airplane," said test pilot Paul Metz, referring to the common civilian craft. The Air Force is scheduled to get 339 of the planes to replace the F-15C, currently its top fighter, at a cost of $43 billion.