October 26, 1993 |
The A-12 stealth plane never got to fly off a carrier deck. But the Pentagon's cancellation of the Navy jet program has landed the government and prime contractor McDonnell Douglas in federal court, where Valencia-based H. R. Textron is suing them to recover the millions it allegedly lost when the project was terminated. In a lawsuit filed last month, Textron is seeking at least $23 million from McDonnell Douglas and the U. S. government. The lawsuit, filed in U. S.
March 8, 1998 |
A Navy crew Saturday retrieved the bodies of five people aboard a helicopter that crashed in the snow-packed San Bernardino Mountains. The SH-60B Seahawk was on a training mission from North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas when it vanished from radar screens Friday afternoon, said Navy Lt. j.g. Charlie Brown. All aboard were killed. The Navy identified them as: Lt. Kelly E. Mackey, 30, of San Jose, Calif.; Lt. John Lee, 28, of Oceanside, N.Y.; Lt. j.g.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2000 |
When Japanese fighters bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, propelling America into war against Japan, the U.S. Navy was caught flat-footed in more ways than one. Only 12 officers in the entire ranks were fluent in Japanese. The Japanese Issei (first generation) immigrants and their American Nisei offspring who understood the language were about to be rounded up into internment camps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1993 |
Although the Navy has opened the skies to female pilots flying combat missions, it still draws a line on the ground barring women Seabees from combat duty. The Seabees' Naval Mobile Construction Battalions at Port Hueneme--which build barracks, clear airfields and defuse mines for the Marine Corps on ground combat missions--continue to be closed to women. Although the units are not assault forces, their mission is to directly support the Marines and to defend themselves if necessary.
July 5, 1987 |
A U.S. congressional delegation conferred with Kuwaiti leaders Saturday on a plan for U.S. warships to protect Kuwaiti oil tankers flying the American flag. The delegation, led by Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, includes 11 other congressmen and 15 staff members. It is seeking to evaluate the risks involved in the plan to re-register 11 Kuwaiti oil tankers as American ships and to provide them with U.S. Navy escorts in the gulf.
November 5, 1988 |
Lockheed said Friday that it plans to move its Advanced Development Projects unit--known as the Skunk Works--out of Burbank and relocate it at its facilities in Palmdale over the next several years. Lockheed has never disclosed how many jobs it has at the top-secret Skunk Works, but it undoubtedly accounts for a large percentage of the company's more than 12,000 jobs in Burbank and is widely believed to be the site for construction of the Air Force's F-19 stealth fighter plane.
July 21, 1988 |
During John F. Lehman Jr.'s watch as secretary, the Navy discarded its traditional reliance on single contractors to provide everything from torpedoes to aircraft carriers. Instead, the system pitted contractor against contractor on the theory that cutthroat competition would translate into lower costs. By all accounts, it did. But, with multibillion-dollar contracts at stake, weapons suppliers began grasping for any advantage they could get, including friends in high places in the Navy.
May 10, 2008 |
With a bulbous head and plank-like wings, the aircraft resembles a lumbering whale. And its seven-word, 49-letter name -- Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System -- is a whopper. But the award last month of a Navy contract to build the hulking, robotic patrol plane, nicknamed BAMS, could not have come at a better time for Northrop Grumman Corp. and, in particular, its military aircraft business headquartered in El Segundo.
May 12, 1996 |
Navy Lt. Jim Nolan can recall his first bad encounter with the F-14 Tomcat jet fighter as though it happened yesterday. It was 1992, and Nolan was flying the supersonic plane over the Virginia seacoast. Suddenly an engine caught fire. Within seconds, the flames burned through the plane's flight controls, leaving the aircraft unflyable and forcing Nolan into a risky bailout over the water. Rescued later by fishermen, he questioned whether he should continue flying at all.
February 17, 1995 |
It is a moonless night 175 miles off the coast of Southern California and Francesco Chierici of Rochester, N.Y., has just completed the most difficult and dangerous feat in aviation. Using light from the constellation Orion to help him see the horizon and maintain his sense of equilibrium, the 28-year-old Navy lieutenant has landed a $40-million F-14 Tomcat on the rolling deck of the Abraham Lincoln and brought the 25-ton plane to a screaming halt in less than a heartbeat.