September 29, 1992 |
An experimental aircraft known as the X-31 has flown maneuvers at a 70-degree angle of attack, a capability that would allow future fighter aircraft to turn more tightly and point at targets more quickly than today's fighters, the Pentagon announced Monday. The development is important because most aircraft operate beyond their aerodynamic lift limit at such extremely sharp angles. They spin or tumble out of control, often with catastrophic results. Other advanced U.S.
August 4, 1992
The defense ministers of Spain, Germany, Great Britain and Italy will meet in the Spanish capital this week to decide the future of the proposed, multibillion-dollar European Fighter Aircraft. German Defense Minister Volker Ruehe has already said his country wants to pull out of the massive project because of its enormous expense and because the Soviet threat no longer exists.
July 1, 1992 |
Citing excessive costs and a new security situation, Germany on Tuesday pulled out of a multibillion-dollar European defense project to build an advanced combat aircraft for the coming decades. The decision not to move forward into the production phase of the European Fighter Aircraft (EFA) effectively makes the prestigious project the first major victim of the spiraling costs of German unification as Chancellor Helmut Kohl's government struggles to regain control over public spending.
November 27, 1991 |
Edward H. Heinemann, a prolific aircraft designer whose pioneering fighter planes earned him the nickname of "Mr. Attack Aviation," died Tuesday of kidney failure at his Rancho Santa Fe home. He was 83. Most famous for creating the A-4 Skyhawk--for years the plane of choice for the Navy's Blue Angels--Heinemann is also credited with leading aircraft designers into the jet age. His Skyrocket was the first plane to go twice the speed of sound.
November 7, 1990 |
Accepting one of Manila's major demands, the United States said today that it will withdraw all of its fighter aircraft and 1,800 Air Force personnel from the Philippines next year. A Pentagon statement said Richard L. Armitage, the presidential special negotiator on U.S. basing arrangements with the Philippines, informed Philippine Foreign Secretary Raul Manglapus of the decision today.
September 27, 1988 |
Premier Michel Rocard, outraged by the high cost and delays of the French Rafale combat aircraft program, says it is in an "advanced state of disaster." A senior French admiral, testifying last week before a closed-door meeting of the National Assembly's defense commission, said the navy would prefer to buy cheaper and more immediately available McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornets to replace its obsolete carrier aircraft.