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April 7, 1995 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The B-2 Stealth bomber program was headed for a premature death only a year ago, but the prospects for its survival have improved dramatically in recent months. The odds that Northrop Grumman could sell the Pentagon more B-2 bombers appeared virtually nil when the firm began a concerted sales campaign in 1994, but the proposal now seems to have a realistic--though far from certain--shot of gaining congressional approval.
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January 20, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An advanced experimental fighter jet, one of only two in existence, crashed in the Mojave desert and was destroyed Thursday, but the pilot ejected and was apparently unharmed, NASA reported. The plane was an X-31, under development jointly by the United States and Germany. Karl Lang, a German government pilot who is one of only six X-31 test pilots, was returning from a research flight when the accident occurred, said Air Force Maj. Janet Reese.
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August 26, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
There's never been an airplane quite like the P-38 Lightning. Just ask Huntington Harbour resident Richard E. Willsie, who made a narrow escape from German soldiers in one of the twin-engine, twin-fuselage planes in one of the remarkable exploits of World War II. Willsie, 71, will be on hand Friday when a bronze replica of one of the war's most versatile fighter planes is unveiled Friday at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1992 | Dean Takahashi, Times staff writer
Rockwell International's defense unit in Anaheim said its avionics upgrade program reached a milestone when the F-111F Pacer Strike aircraft completed its first successful flight test last week. The Pacer Strike's avionics system is an Air Force project that has generated $107 million in contracts for Rockwell's Autonetics Marine and Aircraft Systems Division in Anaheim since 1989.
NEWS
April 25, 1992 | CORINNE SCHMIDT, THE WASHINGTON POST
One U.S. airman was missing and two others injured Friday when a Peruvian military plane fired on a U.S. Air Force transport plane off the coast of Peru. U.S. Ambassador Anthony Quainton contacted Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori about the incident, which occurred at 5:01 p.m. Fujimori "immediately offered apologies and promised an investigation," a U.S. source said.
NEWS
September 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee expressed support for the beleaguered B-2 Stealth bomber program but proposed that Congress delay until next year a final vote on spending $3.2 billion to build four more planes. The action was designed to provide time to determine the seriousness of the B-2's failure to pass radar-evasion tests. The senators met in closed session with Defense Secretary Dick Cheney to discuss the problems of the B-2.
NEWS
September 20, 1991 | DOUGLAS JEHL and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Bush sought to allay American concerns that the United States is moving toward war against Iraq, saying Thursday that he is not planning a "son of Desert Storm." But Bush used his strongest language yet to warn that he is prepared to dispatch warplanes to the Persian Gulf, if necessary, to enforce a U.N. cease-fire agreement flouted by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "There is too much at stake," the President said in an interview with Latino journalists in Los Angeles.
NEWS
September 19, 1991 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pentagon's contingency plans for renewed military operations in the Persian Gulf would dispatch F-16 and F-15 fighter jets to bolster an already sizable air armada in Saudi Arabia and off its coasts, defense officials said Wednesday. At a minimum, the additional forces, which could be rushed to their posts within 36 hours of receiving orders, would allow the U.S. military in Saudi Arabia to provide blanket air cover for U.N. teams making inspections of suspected Iraqi weapons sites.
NEWS
September 19, 1991 | DOUGLAS JEHL and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Bush, pronouncing himself "plenty fed up" with Iraq's attempts to evade U.N.-ordered elimination of its weapons of mass destruction, said Wednesday that he is prepared to send U.S. military aircraft to the region to escort U.N. inspection teams.
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