December 19, 2011 |
Capt. Jeff Haney was headed back to base in his F-22 Raptor fighter jet, ripping through the frigid Alaskan night beyond the speed of sound at more than 1,000 mph, when things started going terribly wrong. Packed tight in cold-weather gear to protect him from the bitter temperatures, the Air Force pilot pulled back on the control stick at about 38,400 feet to gain altitude. Then Haney saw his plane was beginning to fail him. A caution light glowed green through his night vision goggles, alerting him that a section of the aircraft was overheating.
August 10, 2008 |
The Air Force this summer has been breaking in its new fleet of F-22s, regarded to be the world's most advanced fighter jet, by sending five of the planes from cool and dry Alaska to hot and humid Guam. The F-22 Raptors, which the Air Force says have unrivaled ability to fly at supersonic speeds for long periods and travel undetected by radar, have been operational for less than three years. Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska has been home to two F-22 squadrons since last year. It is only the second base to house the stealth fighters, after Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1991
Isn't it ironic that we can find $72 billion for a new fighter plane, but nothing for health care, education, housing, transportation, medical research and on and on? If we spent as much on improving America instead of building instruments of death, we'd all be a lot better off. But then what would the Lockheed employees have to cheer about? NICK NEWTON, Laguna Hills
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.
September 20, 2001 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. and United Technologies Corp. have received contracts worth $1 billion to begin formal production of the F-22 fighter and its engines, the Pentagon said. Lockheed received an $868- million contract to complete production of the first 10 of 295 stealth fighters. United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney military engine unit received a separate $226-million contract to produce 20 F119 engines and provide field support.
April 16, 1998 |
A federal judge dealt a setback to Lockheed Martin Corp.'s proposed $12-billion acquisition of Northrop Grumman Corp., delaying the trial in the government's challenge to the transaction until Sept. 8. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the timetable means he probably will not rule until around Christmas. That could be particularly troubling to Northrop, which is in danger of losing key personnel while its future remains in doubt.
May 12, 2012 |
In response to growing concern about problems with its F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the Air Force revealed it has slapped on new safety restrictions to protect its pilots. The announcement came as Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Friday requested additional information from the secretary of the Air Force to further determine the scope of safety concerns raised by several pilots of the world's most expensive fighter jet, designed and built byLockheed Martin Corp.