April 6, 1992 |
Lockheed's iconoclastic Skunk Works has routinely churned out the world's most exotic and innovative aircraft during the last four decades, defying the conventions of the Pentagon bureaucracy along the way. The credo of the Burbank operation has been to work quickly, quietly and with the most advanced technology in aerospace--yielding such breakthroughs as the F-117A stealth fighter, which had pinpoint bombing accuracy during the Persian Gulf War.
November 20, 1991 |
The Lockheed F-117A Stealth fighter, invisible to enemy radar, disappeared Tuesday from the 1992 federal budget as well. A House-Senate conference committee failed to appropriate $560 million to restart production of the jet, reversing an effort led by Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) in the Senate Armed Services Committee.
November 2, 1991 |
In a windfall for Lockheed Corp. that seemed improbable until this week, a House-Senate conference committee authorized restarting production of the firm's F-117A Stealth fighter and provided $560 million for four of the jets in the 1992 defense budget. The new F-117 production would represent one of the few respites from the relentless budget cutbacks that have afflicted Southern California's distressed aerospace industry.
July 11, 1991 |
In an apparent outgrowth of the Persian Gulf War, a key Senate subcommittee has unexpectedly voted to restart production of Lockheed's F-117A Stealth fighter. Lockheed shares climbed sharply Wednesday after a Senate Armed Services Committee panel voted to buy 24 of the fighters, which went out of production in 1990.
June 19, 1991 |
Gen. Oldrich Barak said Tuesday that his country has developed a defense system capable of detecting the radar-avoiding U.S. Stealth aircraft from a greater distance than any other device. Barak, head of the military ordnance and technology service, told the newspaper Rude Pravo that "the system can identify the craft, its position and altitude," even at a distance of 250 miles.
April 23, 1991 |
The Pentagon has reduced its order for Advanced Tactical Fighters by 100 planes, with the 21st-Century aircraft now expected to cost a total of $95 billion, Air Force officials told Congress on Monday. In a surprise announcement, the Air Force director of tactical programs said the pending cutback of overall military forces warranted reducing the ATF order to 650 planes.
March 7, 1991
The Patriot missile is popularly considered the star of the Gulf War. But in the view of Lt. Gen. Charles A. Horner, the war's top Air Force general, the real star was the F-117A, left, known as the Stealth. Horner said he was among the initial doubters of the plane, whose performance in the 1989 Panama invasion was criticized. But "it EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS, how efficient it really was," he said.
February 6, 1991 |
When a Lockheed F-117A crashed near Bakersfield in 1986, the Air Force cordoned off the site with armed guards, closed the airspace overhead and spent a month hauling away wreckage in a frantic effort to protect the secrecy of the aircraft. But if an F-117A goes down in Iraq, where it has excelled in nearly 1,000 precision bombing missions, the world's most advanced combat jet would fall into the hands of the Iraqis and perhaps other potential adversaries curious about U.S. capabilities. The U.
February 1, 1991 |
When a mysterious black jet slipped past Iraqi radar detectors and bombed Baghdad with the opening shot of the Persian Gulf War, chests puffed up with pride all over this gritty desert town. Tiny Tonopah is the home of the famed F-117A Stealth fighter plane, that once top-secret weapon designed to sneak undetected through even the most sophisticated enemy defenses. "You're doggone right we feel pride," barked Fred Shepard, 57, a retired Tonopah casino worker. "That's our baby over there.
January 28, 1991 |
After less than two weeks of U.S. military action in Iraq, the nation's political leaders are already drawing some firm conclusions about how Congress should revamp the defense budget to capitalize on the success of America's high-tech weaponry. The problem is that all of them are different. Vice President Dan Quayle says the war so far demonstrates the continued need for the Strategic Defense Initiative, known informally as "Star Wars." Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.