January 23, 2013 |
Move over, Scully and Mulder. Some of the secrets of Nevada's mysterious Area 51 will be revealed Feb. 9 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas . As "The X-Files" TV show told us, “The truth is out there.” But don't expect tales of alien spacecraft and little green men during the Saturday evening lecture. The two speakers - T.D. Barnes and retired Air Force Col. Gail Peck, not Scully and Mulder - have worked at the installation known as Area 51, possibly America's worst-kept military secret, but their remarks are expected to focus on aircraft from Earth, not outer space.
August 29, 1989 |
In one of the first major contracts to send military airframe work overseas, Lockheed Corp. on Monday selected Daewoo Heavy Industries of South Korea to assemble the outer wing sections of the Navy's P-7A anti-submarine patrol aircraft. The pact, potentially worth $108 million, stunned union officials at Lockheed's Southern California plants, which have experienced major layoffs in recent years and are in fierce competition for dwindling defense work.
August 13, 2012 |
Since test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, engineers and scientists have dreamed of ever-faster aircraft. Now, they face one of their toughest challenges yet: sustaining hypersonic flight - going five times the speed of sound or more - for more than a few minutes. In a nondescript hangar at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, a team of aerospace engineers has been putting the finishing touches on a lightning-quick experimental aircraft designed to fly above the Pacific Ocean at 3,600 mph. A passenger aircraft traveling at that speed could fly from Los Angeles to New York in 46 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991
At a time when the Pentagon is proposing closing bases to save taxpayers' money, and military families fresh from the sacrifices of the Gulf War are wondering about their futures, the high command at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro is dealing with an embarrassing story that won't go away. Some high-flying senior officers have been riding military aircraft all over the country for personal reasons, and now the trail leads straight to the top, to Brig. Gen. Wayne T.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991
At a time when the Pentagon is proposing to close bases to save taxpayers' money and military families fresh from the sacrifices of the Gulf War are wondering about their futures, the high command at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is dealing with an embarrassing story that will not go away. Some high-flying senior officers have been riding military aircraft all over the country for personal reasons, and now the trail leads straight to the top, to Brig. Gen. Wayne T.
April 27, 1990 |
Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co., citing completion of several military aircraft production programs and the need to cut costs, said today that it will lay off 2,750 of its 22,900 employees by the end of June. The layoffs will include about 2,000 employees in Southern California. Ken Cannestra, president of Lockheed Aeronautical Systems, said the company is in the process of notifying the affected employees.
January 11, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Chinese and Japanese fighter planes tailed each other over a disputed cluster of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, raising alarm that a miscalculation could set off an armed confrontation. Chinese military authorities ordered two J-10 fighter planes to perform what China called “verification and monitoring” on Friday after a Chinese transport plane was tailed by Japanese F-15 fighter jets. The incident above the islands, known as Senkaku to the Japanese and Diaoyu to the Chinese, was the most potentially dangerous in months of escalating tensions over the islands.
June 11, 1985
A former Hughes Aircraft Co. employee pleaded guilty Monday to taking kickbacks for awarding subcontracts on military projects and agreed to aid authorities in the ongoing investigation of bribery in Southern California's defense industry. William Benites Huerta, 54, who worked as a subcontract administrator at the Hughes facility in El Segundo, entered guilty pleas to three of the 20 counts filed against him in an indictment by a Los Angeles federal grand jury. Assistant U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1990
I will provide the short plank if Mayor Larry Agran of Irvine provides the long walk, along with everybody else who complains about the noise at the Tustin and El Toro air stations (April 7). Agran can try blaming the county, which has cheated on Community Noise Equivalent Level (CNEL) 65 areas. But he has only himself to blame for moving into an area with two military bases that have been there since World War II. Everyone wants to be free, but few are willing to pay for it. The noise was here before most of us were here, before most of us were born!
April 4, 1992 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III, hoping to insulate himself from the growing uproar over Washington perquisites, on Friday began using commercial airliners for personal trips in the United States instead of far more costly Air Force jets. State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said Baker was shocked by a still unpublished audit showing that his 11 private trips aboard military jets have cost taxpayers more than $300,000 since the first days of the Bush Administration in 1989.