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April 22, 2012
Exposing the truth Re "Highflying costs," April 19 Revealing that the F-35 fighter jet program is in jeopardy because of its increasing costs could bring comfort to the enemy and potentially jeopardize national security. Reporting that Secret Service agents engaged in unacceptable behavior could compromise the reputation of the Secret Service and the security of the president. Showing photos of soldiers with body parts exposes unacceptable behavior by the troops and may increase resentment of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
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OPINION
April 22, 2012
Exposing the truth Re "Highflying costs," April 19 Revealing that the F-35 fighter jet program is in jeopardy because of its increasing costs could bring comfort to the enemy and potentially jeopardize national security. Reporting that Secret Service agents engaged in unacceptable behavior could compromise the reputation of the Secret Service and the security of the president. Showing photos of soldiers with body parts exposes unacceptable behavior by the troops and may increase resentment of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
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NEWS
January 4, 1989 | Associated Press
An Oregon Air National Guard F-4 Phantom jet fighter crashed Tuesday on a training mission about 30 miles off Tillamook Bay, and both crew members were plucked from the ocean after parachuting safely, authorities said. The plane's pilot, 2nd Lt. Mike Markstaller, 24, of Portland, was picked up shortly before noon. He was hospitalized in serious condition suffering from hypothermia. The weapons systems officer, 1st Lt. Mark A. Baker, 30, of Beaverton, was picked up at 1:45 p.m.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
All three people listed Friday night as missing from the apartment complex where a U.S. Navy jet fighter crashed have been located and are safe, emergency officials said Saturday morning. So far, no fatalities have been reported from the crash, in which a Navy F/A-18D Hornet on a training mission slammed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex. Six people, including one of the two airmen aboard the plane, were treated at a local hospital and released Friday. One aviator was still hospitalized Saturday morning, according to officials at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, but the Navy described his injuries as minor and said he was doing well.
NEWS
October 4, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A well-known Navy pilot who had spent 24 years in the service was killed after he ejected from his plunging jet fighter, the Navy announced. Cmdr. John J. Roach, 47, who served in Vietnam and flew combat missions in the Persian Gulf War, died Wednesday after the single-seat A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the Pacific. Roach was assigned to the air wing staff at Miramar Naval Air Station, said a base spokeswoman. It was not yet known whether the plane had engine problems. An investigation is under way.
NEWS
August 10, 1985 | Associated Press
Firefighters found a second body Friday in the smoldering rubble of a house hit by a jet fighter whose pilot had tried to steer it away from homes before he bailed out. The body of T. Keeler Quillan, an 80-year-old attorney, was found at the home about six miles northwest of the runway at Tinker Air Force Base. Quillan's sister, Helen Williams, 72, died in the fire ignited when the A-7D Corsair hit a row of trees, clipped off a utility pole and rammed into the house. Anna Nauman, 46, Mrs.
NEWS
December 17, 1985 | Associated Press
A team of Navy investigators, prompted in part by the death of a pilot earlier this month, has begun a special review of six landing accidents this year involving the new F-A-18 jet fighter. Cmdr. Kendall Pease, a Navy spokesman, confirmed the start of the special review on Monday. He stressed the F-A-18, the Navy's newest front-line fighter, had not been grounded and said the service suspects the accidents may have been caused by "pilot technique."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1986 | GARY JARLSON, Times Staff Writer
All charges against an El Toro Marine corporal who took a jet fighter on a Fourth of July joy ride have been dropped and he will be discharged from the military today, the Marine Corps announced Thursday. "This was a very unusual case in which a Marine with a tremendous amount of skill and great potential did a very stupid thing which could have resulted in a tragic loss of life," Brig. Gen. D.E.P. Miller, commanding officer of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, said in a written statement.
BUSINESS
January 23, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
Scant attention was paid over the past decade when Japanese industry forged ahead with the task of making mundane commercial products out of "new materials"--high-technology compounds spun off from U.S. defense research. But now the technology, improved and refined by Japanese makers of golf clubs, industrial ceramics and fishing rods, is about to circle back to its originators as an innovative wing design for a jet fighter.
NEWS
April 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Bush Administration, in an apparent move to mollify Jerusalem, has approved the marketing in Taiwan of the Israeli-made Kfir jet fighter containing a U.S.-built General Electric engine, government officials said Thursday. The approval came at the end of March, at the height of a highly sensitive dispute between Israel and the United States over intelligence reports that Israel had sold U.S. weapons technology to China without Washington's approval.
WORLD
October 20, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Britain will reduce its fighting force by thousands of troops, scrap aging jet fighters, put off an upgrade of its nuclear deterrent and cut civilian defense jobs in a sweeping overhaul designed to make its military leaner and save taxpayer money, the government announced Tuesday. Over the next four years, defense spending is to shrink by 8% in real terms, a reduction Prime Minister David Cameron said would be difficult but necessary to help Britain close a yawning public budget gap. Cameron told lawmakers that the army, navy and air force would, together, shed 17,000 troops and that the defense department would cut 25,000 civilian jobs.
WORLD
March 9, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran has test-fired a precision air-to-surface missile with a 70-mile range, a news agency reported Sunday, a capability that could threaten ships in the Persian Gulf. Iran's semiofficial Fars New Agency cited unnamed Iranian military experts saying the 1,100-pound missiles mounted on jet fighters include an "automatic guidance capability" and a "special warhead" for destroying large ships. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2006 | Maria La Ganga and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
Two Navy jet fighters on a training mission collided Monday over this military base 150 miles south of San Francisco, killing one pilot and injuring the other. The accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. over a remote portion of the sprawling base, said Cmdr. Jack Hanzlik, a Naval Air Forces spokesman. The cause of the collision is under investigation. Both pilots parachuted from their stricken F/A-18C Hornets. Flaming wreckage started two fires that spanned 500 acres in the base's tinder-dry brush.
WORLD
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombian jet fighters forced a twin-engine plane carrying a ton of cocaine to land and confiscated the drug, valued at $30 million, military officials said. The plane, which bore a Mexican registration, apparently was bound for Central America, probably en route to the U.S., officials said. The passengers escaped after the plane landed at an airport in Magangue, about 300 miles north of Bogota, the capital. Police later arrested six suspects.
WORLD
April 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Poland signed a deal to buy 48 U.S.-made F-16 jet fighters for $3.5 billion, the biggest post-Cold War defense contract by a former Soviet bloc country. Prime Minister Leszek Miller, who attended the signing ceremony, said the package reflected "our partnership with the United States."
WORLD
December 28, 2002 | David Holley And Ela Kasprzycka, Times Staff Writers
Lockheed Martin's F-16 came out the winner Friday in a dogfight between U.S. and European manufacturers battling to sell Poland fighter jets in a deal worth $3.5 billion. The Polish decision, announced by Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski, handed a high-profile victory to the U.S. firm in the contest for the biggest arms sale to emerge from the 1999 expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The advanced-version F-16s will replace Soviet-era MIGs.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
All three people listed Friday night as missing from the apartment complex where a U.S. Navy jet fighter crashed have been located and are safe, emergency officials said Saturday morning. So far, no fatalities have been reported from the crash, in which a Navy F/A-18D Hornet on a training mission slammed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex. Six people, including one of the two airmen aboard the plane, were treated at a local hospital and released Friday. One aviator was still hospitalized Saturday morning, according to officials at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, but the Navy described his injuries as minor and said he was doing well.
NEWS
June 20, 1986 | United Press International
An F-14 jet fighter from the aircraft carrier Forrestal crashed in the central Mediterranean Sea during a routine training mission, killing the pilot and injuring its radar officer, a U.S. 6th Fleet spokesman said Thursday. Navy officials identified the pilot as Lt. Cmdr. Gary Dobson, 31, of Annapolis, Md., and the radar officer as Lt. (j.g.) Frank Kara, 25, Grand Junction, Colo. Both were members of Fighter Squadron 31.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2002
A two-seat fighter jet from South Carolina crashed during a landing Sunday at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, killing one Marine and injuring another, a spokeswoman said. It was the third fatal training accident in California in 12 days. The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. at the combat center's airfield, said Capt. Teresa Ovalle. The pilot and weapons systems officer ejected from the F/A-18D Hornet, which was based at the Marine Corps Air Station at Beaufort, S.C.
NEWS
December 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Iraq claimed that one of its surface-to-air missiles hit an allied jet fighter patrolling the skies over southern Iraq but that the plane did not go down and was seen flying toward Saudi Arabia. The U.S. and Britain denied that any of their aircraft were hit. U.S. and British jets patrol southern and northern "no-fly" zones over Iraq set up after the 1991 Persian Gulf War to prevent Iraqi forces from attacking Shiite Muslims and Kurds.
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