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April 9, 1990
According to a front-page story in The Times (April 4), the Pentagon could ultimately slip in an extra $6.6 billion on its tax bill to the public by means of Stealth. REX D. FRAZIER Covina
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
When Thomas V. Jones took control of Northrop Corp. in 1960, it was a secondary aerospace company whose future was uncertain, but the legendary gambles Jones made over the next 30 years swept the company to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War. Jones came from an era when the chiefs of U.S. aerospace companies laid huge bets on future projects, and over an extraordinary three-decade tenure as Northrop's chief executive he...
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NEWS
March 24, 1990 | United Press International
Two Air Force F-16 jet fighters crashed Thursday night in Utah's western desert during a refueling training mission, but both pilots ejected safely, Hill Air Force Base officials said.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Thomas V. Jones, a legendary risk-taker whose gambles paid off when Northrop Grumman rose to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War, has died. He was 93. Jones died Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis, his family announced. Jones had aristocratic tastes that were unusual for an aerospace engineer and later became a respected maker of fine wines from his vineyard in Bel-Air , but he will always be best known as one of the last great titans of the U.S. arms business.
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.
NEWS
December 19, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli jet fighters fired rockets at suspected guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon in two raids, security officials said. The first, shortly after dawn, came amid fighting between Israeli forces and guerrillas of the Hezbollah militia. At least three guerrillas were killed in the fighting, the officials said. Israeli fighter-bombers returned later to fire two more rockets at the same area, the officials said. No casualties were reported in that attack.
NEWS
August 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev fired Defense Minister Mukhtar Altynbayev and security chairman Nurtai Abykayev for their involvement in the sale of six MIG jet fighters. Nazarbayev also fired senior defense and security officials, as well as top executives from a company that was involved in the scandal, the president's press service reported. Officials in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, found the disassembled Soviet-made MIGs on board a Russian plane that arrived from Kazakhstan on March 19.
NEWS
January 13, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A British Tornado warplane flew into a group of eight West German jet fighters today and collided with two of them, killing the two British crewmen and injuring a German pilot, officials said. Several houses were slightly damaged on the edge of the northern village of Wiesmoor by debris from the Tornado, but there were no civilian casualties, local police said.
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."
NEWS
January 17, 1988 | United Press International
Two Air Force F-15 jet fighters intercepted a Soviet reconnaissance plane over the Bering Sea after the aircraft flew to within 35 miles of Alaska's St. Lawrence Island, the Air Force has reported.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2012 | By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Strapped into the cockpit of an F-16 jet fighter, Air Force Col. Scott Brenton has dropped bombs over Bosnia, screamed over the desert in Iraq and strafed Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. But on a recent morning, Brenton flew his combat mission from a leather easy chair in a low-slung cinder block building on the edge of Syracuse. Brenton's unit, the 174th Fighter Wing of the New York Air National Guard, traded in its fleet of F-16s for unmanned Reaper drones two years ago. Since then, the reserve pilots have been flying nearly around-the-clock combat operations over Afghanistan from a base about five miles from this city's nearest Wal-Mart.
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.
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.
OPINION
March 2, 2011
No one doubts the importance of U.S. action to end the regime of Moammar Kadafi. Unlike Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose overthrow inspired a resistance movement in Libya, Kadafi has made war on his own people. The United States' response has been muscular, if delayed. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton explicitly have called for Kadafi's removal, a dramatic departure from diplomatic norms. And Obama has seized the assets of Kadafi and his family, an action paralleled by those of the U.N. Security Council and the European Union.
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.
NEWS
August 23, 1992 | Reuters
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) Friday urged President Bush to stop "coddling" China and allow the sale of U.S. F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan. "Hard-working Texas defense workers don't deserve to be penalized just because the Administration insists on coddling Communist leaders in Beijing," Bentsen said in a statement. The F-16 is made by the General Dynamics Corp. in Ft. Worth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1985 | United Press International
Two Air Force jet fighters collided over the desert during a training mission, killing one pilot, and two other airmen parachuted to safety. The dead pilot was identified Saturday as Capt. Jerry N. Allison, 31, of Corpus Christi, Tex. The Air Force said that Capt. Thomas A. Daubenmire, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, was in good condition at the base hospital, and that Maj. John L. Skidmore, 38, of Las Vegas, suffered minor injuries.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. said fourth-quarter profit rose 9.6%, beating analysts' estimates as more-efficient assembly lines helped compensate for fewer deliveries of F-16 jet fighters. The company raised its 2008 earnings forecast, pushing its stock up the most in more than four years. Net income rose to $799 million, or $1.89 a share, from $729 million, or $1.68, a year earlier, Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed said. Sales were unchanged at $10.8 billion. Lockheed shares rose $4.21, or 4.1%, to $105.
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.
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