March 21, 2003 |
Shutters clicked and the crowd surged forward to get a better look at the Stealth F-117 fighter jet displayed in all its black, bat-winged glory on the runway of the U.S. Air Force base here. "Wow," exclaimed a young South Korean airman as he caught his first glimpse of the famed fighter. No doubt about it, the Stealth bomber, with angles as sharp as a Cubist painting, is designed to impress and, some might say, intimidate.
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September 8, 2000 |
A United Airlines passenger plane was forced to avoid an Air Force stealth fighter shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles on Thursday. The Boeing 757, bound for Boston, was climbing to cruising altitude and was at 10,800 feet when the pilot told officials that he was in a direct path with a "stealth-type military aircraft," said Jerry Snyder, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
March 30, 1999 |
Maybe the U.S. Stealth fighter that crashed during NATO strikes over Yugoslavia suffered mechanical failure. Maybe it was hit by Serbian air defenses that just got lucky. Maybe it went down because of pilot error. But what if the F-117A Nighthawk crashed because the Serbs penetrated the jet's stealth, or radar-evading, design technology? That's a chilling scenario for many, because the U.S.
March 28, 1999 |
All last week, President Clinton took pains to warn Americans that his decision to intervene in the Kosovo conflict could send some U.S. pilots to their deaths. "This action is not risk-free," Clinton said Wednesday as U.S. and allied forces launched their first airstrikes against Yugoslavia. "However, I have concluded that the dangers of acting now are clearly outweighed by the risks of failing to act."
March 28, 1999 |
U.S. forces staged a stunning rescue of a downed American pilot early today, six hours after his F-117A Stealth fighter crashed during NATO airstrikes over Yugoslavia, the Pentagon said. "I am happy to report the pilot has been rescued and is safe at an allied base," Defense Department spokesman Kenneth H. Bacon said at the Pentagon. "He and the combat search-and-rescue team that picked him up are all safe."
October 2, 1998 |
The Defense Department is expected to announce today that it has awarded a seven-year, $2-billion contract to Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works for maintenance of the F-117 Stealth fighter. The Palmdale division, which created the warplane, will be responsible for "logistics support, sustainment engineering, material management, technical data and depot repair," according to an award notification issued by the Air Force.