June 8, 1991 |
The nation's two biggest military contractors sued the government Friday over the Navy's cancellation of the A-12 Stealth attack jet program, the largest contract terminated by the Pentagon. The 78-page lawsuit was filed in U.S. Claims Court in Washington by the two St. Louis-based companies, McDonnell Douglas Corp. and General Dynamics Corp., setting the stage for a major legal battle.
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May 1, 1991 |
The Persian Gulf War was a proving ground for many of the U.S. military's newest high-tech weapons. One was Lockheed's F-117 Stealth fighter, which was highly successful in hitting Iraqi targets. But a number of the Gulf allies claim to have spotted the aircraft on radar. If so, the future viability of stealth technology may be imperiled. First deployed during the Panama invasion in 1989, the tent-shaped F-117 is designed to deflect or absorb radar.
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.
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.
August 16, 1990 |
The Air Force's once-secret F-117 Stealth fighter will be dispatched to the Middle East, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. The Bush Administration also sent the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy from Norfolk, Va., to the Mideast on Wednesday, with dozens of strike planes on its decks.
May 7, 1990
The lead sentence in "Stealth Fighter Comes Out of Hiding in Show" (by Associated Press, Part A, April 22) really made me burn. Calling the F-117A "one of America's worst-kept secrets" is not only false, but belittles the sacrifices of the thousands of people, military and civilian, who kept the secret for over eight years.
April 24, 1990 |
Four months after the American invasion of Panama, it has become evident that crucial military accounts of the celebrated operation suffered a malady common in combat: Truth is an early casualty. Early reports said that more than 300 Panamanian soldiers were killed; in fact, the military acknowledged recently, the number was closer to 50. Cocaine reported found in Gen. Manuel A. Noriega's headquarters proved not to be cocaine but tamale powder.
April 22, 1990 |
One of America's worst-kept military secrets, the F-117A Stealth fighter, was unveiled Saturday to a crowd of thousands who cheered a demonstration flight by two of the multimillion-dollar aircraft. The two bat-shaped planes swept in under a thin cloud cover and passed over Nellis Air Force Base, banked sharply against the Las Vegas skyline and landed to give the public its first close-up of the once top-secret aircraft. There was an eerie whine as the lead craft, piloted by Capt.
April 4, 1990 |
In a move calculated to boost the public's confidence in Stealth aircraft technology, the Defense Department Tuesday revealed more details about the long-secret F-117A Stealth jet fighters, saying 57 have been built in a program whose cost will soon reach $6.6 billion. Officials, calling the radar-eluding plane a "key component" of U.S. military power, also showed an eight-minute video that displayed for the first time the aircraft's sleek angles and chunky fuselage during flight.
April 3, 1990 |
The Pentagon, releasing long-classified figures for its super-secret F-117A Stealth fighter jet program, said today that it cost $6.26 billion to develop and build the dark, delta-winged aircraft. The plane, which was used in combat as a "giant stun grenade" during the Panama invasion, cost $106.2 million each, the Defense Department said.