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May 12, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
In response to growing concern about problems with its F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the Air Force revealed it has slapped on new safety restrictions to protect its pilots. The announcement came as Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Friday requested additional information from the secretary of the Air Force to further determine the scope of safety concerns raised by several pilots of the world's most expensive fighter jet, designed and built byLockheed Martin Corp.
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BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Some of the nation's top aviators are refusing to fly the radar-evading F-22 Raptor, a fighter jet with ongoing problems with the oxygen systems that have plagued the fleet for four years. At the risk of significant reprimand - or even discharge from the Air Force - fighter pilots are turning down the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of the F-22, the world's most expensive fighter jet. The Air Force did not reveal how many of its 200 F-22 pilots, who are stationed at seven military bases across the country, declined their assignment orders.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The X-Flight coaster coming in May to Six Flags Great America will take riders seated in a winged formation through a near-miss keyhole fly-through that serves as the new ride's signature element. PHOTOS: X-Flight wing coaster at Six Flags Great America Themed to look like a stealth fighter jet, the new wing coaster at the Chicago-area amusement park will feature trains with seats that straddle the track, giving riders the sensation of having nothing above or below them.
SPORTS
February 12, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Toronto -- These are the wild, even ridiculous, ways the Lakers have to win nowadays. A controversial five-second violation by Toronto with 4.2 seconds left. An airballed three-point attempt by the Raptors as time expires. The Lakers lost an 18-point lead Sunday but survived the Raptors, 94-92, at Air Canada Centre. It looked as if another point guard would shred the Lakers until Kobe Bryant drilled a 17-foot fadeaway from the right side with 4.2 seconds left to play, giving the Lakers the lead for good at 93-92.
SPORTS
January 22, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 8-5, Raptors 4-12. Update: Andrea Bargnani, Toronto's leading scorer (22.3 points a per game), has sat out the last five games because of a strained left calf but could return against the Clippers. Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless, who has sat out 13 consecutive games because of a sprained left ankle, each traveled with the team to L.A. The Raptors have lost seven consecutive games, their longest skid since a 13-game losing streak last season.
SPORTS
January 21, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Chris Paul's strained left hamstring has sidelined him for four games, but the guard could make his return Sunday when the Clippers play host to the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Coach Vinny Del Negro said after practice Saturday that Paul completed a battery of basketball-related activities, including shooting, conditioning, stretching and lifting weights, and that he looked good. Paul had completed many of the same drills Friday, and he performed well enough then that the Clippers upped his workload on Saturday and he performed even better, making it likely that he'll play Sunday.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Capt. Jeff Haney was headed back to base in his F-22 Raptor fighter jet, ripping through the frigid Alaskan night beyond the speed of sound at more than 1,000 mph, when things started going terribly wrong. Packed tight in cold-weather gear to protect him from the bitter temperatures, the Air Force pilot pulled back on the control stick at about 38,400 feet to gain altitude. Then Haney saw his plane was beginning to fail him. A caution light glowed green through his night vision goggles, alerting him that a section of the aircraft was overheating.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The Pentagon announced that it awarded a contract worth as much as $7.4 billion to aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. to upgrade the Air Force's problem-plagued fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets. The announcement said that the Bethesda, Md., company would "add new capabilities and enhance the performance of the aircraft. " Lockheed referred all questions about the contract to the Air Force, which said it could not provide details about the upgrade announced Friday. The F-22, which costs an estimated $412 million each, is the military's most expensive fighter jet and known to be its most advanced.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor fighter jets have been cleared for takeoff after a government safety investigation grounded the entire fleet for more than four months. The Air Force said that all 170 F-22s will be inspected before flight operations resume. The fleet was put out of service May 3 after a dozen incidents since April 2008 in which pilots' oxygen was cut off. It is the latest issue for the F-22, which cost an estimated $412 million each, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office's latest report, and have not been used in combat since entering service in 2005.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Swarm winged coaster at the United Kingdom's Thorpe Park will take riders through post-apocalyptic scenes of war and destruction when the $29.5 million ride opens in spring 2012. > Photos: The Swarm coaster at Thorpe Park The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Billed as the U.K.'s first winged coaster with riders sitting on either side of the track in a "winged" formation, Swarm has salivating fans eagerly waiting to see if the cutting edge ride is also the U.K.'s first fourth dimension coaster featuring rotating seats (like Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2)
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