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  • DOD Is Stuck with a Flawed $1.5 Trillion Fighter Jet

    04/02/2014 9:21:58 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 81 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 2/18/2014 | David Francis
    On CBSís ď60 MinutesĒ on Sunday night, national security correspondent David Martin chronicled the seemingly never-ending list of problems with the Pentagonís next-generation F-35 fight jet, from cost overruns of $160 billion to technical problems that have plagued the planeís development. When asked if the F-35 program, which is expected to cost some $1.5 trillion over the four-decade life of the program, is now under control, the Pentagonís acquisition chief, Frank Kendall, said, "Yes, it is." But that commitment came with a warning. ďLong gone is the time when we're going to pay for mistake after mistake after mistake," said...
  • After two decades, U.S. Navy near deal to settle 'Flying Dorito' suit

    11/01/2013 7:57:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, August 2, 2013 | David Alexander
    On the list of Pentagon weapons programs gone awry, the Navy's A-12 Avenger attack jet stands out. The radar-evading, carrier-based McDonnell Douglas plane was 18 months behind schedule and about $1.4 billion over cost when then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney canceled the $57 billion program back in 1991. The case over the triangular-shaped A-12 Avenger, which was dubbed the "Flying Dorito," has been in legal limbo ever since, going all the way to the Supreme Court in 2011 before being referred back to a lower court. Now, after 22 years, a settlement is on the horizon. Senator Susan Collins told the...

    04/28/2013 9:57:34 AM PDT · by tje · 13 replies
    Roadrunners Internationale ^ | Not Dated | Frank Murray
    This piece of the History of the Lockheed A-12 is dedicated to the memory of Dorsey G. Kammerer. Dorsey was a part of the Lockheed SkunkWorks from its inception. He was an "inside" man on the team that built the P-38 Lightning, the P-80 Shooting Star, the F-104 Starfighter, the U-2 Angel and the A-12 Archangel and the other versions, the YF-12 and the SR-71. Dorsey that had the foresight to save the photos that help document this story. Dorsey's family found these gems and made them available for this story. This story has never really been told in much...
  • Supreme Court May Redraw Contract Rules

    01/24/2011 6:03:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Techology ^ | 1/24/2011 | James R. Asker
    Should the government be allowed to declare a contractor in default and then invoke a secrecy privilege to withhold information the contractor says it needs to dispute that finding in court? Two decades after the Pentagon canceled the Navyís A-12 Avenger II stealth aircraft, the fight over who is at fault for the programís delays and cost overruns has brought that question before the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, justices on the court sharply questioned lawyers on both sides of the dispute. The courtís ruling, which is expected before the 2010-11 term ends in June, could have broad implications for...
  • High court wary of legal fight over Navy plane

    01/18/2011 12:56:15 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    ap ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | MARK SHERMAN
    Supreme Court justices seemed in general agreement Tuesday that the best way to resolve a long-running, billion-dollar dispute between the government and two big defense contractors is to say, in Justice Antonin Scalia's words, "Go away."... That was the apparent sentiment of the court toward a contract dispute over the A-12 Avenger attack plane, canceled by the Pentagon in 1991 when Richard Cheney was defense secretary...
  • High court enters legal fight over Navy plane

    10/01/2010 12:07:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    <p>The Supreme Court is getting involved in the longstanding dispute between the Pentagon and two contractors contesting the government's demand for $3 billion over the Navy's ill-fated A-12 Avenger attack plane.</p> <p>The justices on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal from the Boeing Co. and General Dynamics Corp., the main contractors on a $4.8 billion project that the Pentagon, then headed by Richard Cheney, canceled in 1991.</p>
  • Two-Stage-to-Orbit 'Blackstar' System Shelved at Groom Lake?

    03/05/2006 7:23:35 PM PST · by anymouse · 86 replies · 10,229+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | 03/05/2006 | William B. Scott
    SPACEPLANE SHELVED? For 16 years, Aviation Week & Space Technology has investigated myriad sightings of a two-stage-to-orbit system that could place a small military spaceplane in orbit. Considerable evidence supports the existence of such a highly classified system, and top Pentagon officials have hinted that it's "out there," but iron-clad confirmation that meets AW&ST standards has remained elusive. Now facing the possibility that this innovative "Blackstar" system may have been shelved, we elected to share what we've learned about it with our readers, rather than let an intriguing technological breakthrough vanish into "black world" history, known to only a few...
  • Pilots recall early U-2, Blackbird, stealth tests

    11/26/2003 10:23:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    Valley Press ^ | November 24, 2003 | ALLISON GATLIN
    They are among the most recognizable aircraft in the world: U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, B-2 stealth bomber and F-117 stealth fighter. But in the beginning, few outside the cloistered world of their development knew of their existence. There were rumors of strange black shapes in the skies over Area 51 in Nevada's desert. But not even the families of those who designed, built and flew these top-secret machines knew what was really taking shape. Now, many of the tales of those "black world" airplanes can be told. Six pilots from those programs shared their stories recently at the Society of Experimental...
  • 5 test pilots to join Walk of Honor

    08/07/2003 12:09:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 299+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | August 7, 2003 | JULIE DRAKE
    LANCASTER - The five latest additions to Lancaster's Aerospace Walk of Honor will bring to 70 the number of aviation pioneers honored since the walk's inception in 1990. The experience of this year's honorees - James D. Eastham, Robert C. Little, Bruce Peterson, the late Russell M. "Rusty" Roth and Rogers Smith - all flew in the skies above the Antelope Valley during their careers in a series of firsts. Eastham tested and developed the world's first three Mach 3-plus aircrafts, the A-12, YF-12A and SR-71 Blackbird and Little took the F-101A Voodoo supersonic on its very first flight at...