CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2009 |
David P. Cooley, the retired Air Force pilot who was killed Wednesday in the crash of an F-22 near Edwards Air Force Base at age 49, had a significant career as a versatile test pilot and a large effect on the test flight community in the high desert as a trainer and mentor of future test pilots, colleagues told The Times on Sunday. A test pilot since 1989, Cooley flew a long list of aircraft that included the F-111, F-15 and F-117 as well as the F-22. "He was calm, cool, collected.
February 11, 2009 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. is lobbying the Obama administration to buy additional F-22 fighter jets by arguing that continued production of the plane would preserve nearly 100,000 jobs across the country, including 19,500 in California. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and other officials have voiced skepticism over the F-22 program in the past, and disagreements over the future of the plane led to a shake-up in Air Force leadership last year.
October 22, 2008 |
Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest defense company, said third-quarter earnings increased 2.1% as a gain from the sale of a Russian rocket-launching venture helped make up for lower sales of jets and satellites. The shares fell the most in six years after Lockheed predicted 2009 profit that trailed analysts' estimates. Quarterly net income climbed to $782 million, or $1.92 a share, from $766 million, or $1.80, a year earlier. Sales fell 4.7% to $10.6 billion, the Bethesda, Md.-based company said.
April 23, 2008 |
Northrop Grumman Corp. won a $1.16-billion contract to build an unmanned surveillance plane to replace the Navy's aging P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The work, also sought by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., marks the latest big contract win for Northrop, which in February secured a $35-billion deal to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force. Northrop's Global Hawk drone is already flown by the Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan.
April 22, 2008 |
They were born shrouded in mystery in a windowless building in Burbank. They flew combat missions over Serbia and Iraq virtually invisible to enemy radar. And today, the black, bat-like F-117A Night Hawks will fly quietly into the night as stealthily as they came. The last four of the world's first stealth fighters will make their final flights from Palmdale to a secret desert base in Nevada, where they will be locked up indefinitely in a secure concrete hangar.
January 6, 2008
Regarding "Lockheed jets going to Pakistan" (Jan. 1): At a time of worldwide apprehension over the prospect of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands in Pakistan, what do I see in the first issue of the L.A. Times for 2008? Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force intend to deliver 18 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. By all means, let's provide them with additional means to deliver those nukes. Absolutely brilliant. Jon Rowe Costa Mesa
January 17, 2006 |
The U.S. Army probably will pay Lockheed Martin Corp. tens of millions of dollars in contract termination fees for a botched attempt to produce a spy plane meant to serve the needs of both the Army and the Navy, a senior Army official said Monday. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, was not at fault in the scrapping of the initial, $879-million contract, said Edward Bair, the Army's program executive officer for electronic warfare and sensors.
December 10, 2005 |
The Pentagon will restructure an $11-billion Lockheed Martin Corp. satellite program to warn of enemy missile attacks, tying future funding to the performance of two initial satellites already under contract, a defense official and an industry analyst said. Officials had already decided to keep alive the Space Based Infrared System High program, for which Northrop Grumman Corp. of Century City is designing advanced infrared sensors, given the lack of backup plans.
April 5, 2005
I must take issue with Robert Scheer's March 29 commentary, "A Con Job by Pakistan's Pal, George Bush," when he equates the sale of a few F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan with encouraging nuclear proliferation and escalating the arms race in the Indian subcontinent. Pakistan already has a sizable fleet of F-16s and long-range missiles capable of carrying warheads. The sale only makes up the losses of the F-16s suffered during the last 25 years. With the simultaneous sale by the U.S. of a larger consignment of aircraft to India, the balance of power will further tilt in favor of India.