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  • Lockheed starts final assembly on last F-22A

    09/07/2011 9:44:28 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 30 replies
    Flight International ^ | 7 Sept 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    Lockheed Martin has started final assembly on the last F-22A Raptor ordered by the US Air Force, but the delivered fleet remains grounded over concerns about the pilot's breathing system inside the cockpit. Lockheed has mated the fuselage sections of the F-22A with USAF serial number 09-4195. In final assembly, the company's workers in Marietta, Georgia, will instal the wings, tails, landing gear and Pratt & Whitney F119 engines, among other avionics integration and check-out tasks. The last of 195 aircraft ordered by the USAF, including 185 remaining operational airframes, is now scheduled for delivery early in the second quarter...
  • Big-ticket F-22 Raptor jet fighter has never seen battle

    08/14/2011 11:58:36 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 118 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 13th, 2011 | W.J. HENNIGAN
    It's the most expensive fighter jet ever built. Yet the F-22 Raptor has never seen a day of combat, and its future is clouded by a government safety investigation that has grounded the jet for months. The fleet of 158 F-22s, including those in Alaska, has been sidelined since May 3 after more than a dozen incidents in which oxygen was cut off to pilots, making them woozy. The malfunction is suspected of contributing to at least one fatal accident, in Alaska. At an estimated cost of $412 million each, the F-22s amount to about $65 billion sitting on the...
  • Entire U.S. Stealth Fighter Fleet Grounded

    In past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky. But after building more than 170 F-22 Raptors and a handful of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, not a single one is available for service. The Air Force currently has zero flyable stealth fighters. None.
  • Air Force finds multiple toxins in blood of woozy F-22 pilots

    07/28/2011 2:11:28 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 15 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 28th, 2011
    Blood tests on F-22 Raptor fighter pilots after they reported "hypoxia-like symptoms" during flight have turned up chemicals from oil fumes, burned antifreeze and propane. But if the Air Force believes that might be a cause of pilots' symptoms, it's not saying, reports the Air Force Times. Carbon monoxide also is suspect in the incidents, but it leaves the blood quickly. Many of the troubled flights originated at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
  • Anti-Freeze in Pilots' Blood Baffles Air Force

    07/28/2011 7:49:12 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies ^ | 27 July 2011 | Adam Clark Estes
    A few months ago, Air Force leaders noticed some very strange behavior from pilots in the cockpit of F-22 Raptor fighters. Some pilots sounded like they were drunk on the radio; others couldn't even remember how to use the radio during flights. Lab tests revealed not alcohol in the pilots' blood, but a host of toxic chemicals including oil fumes, anti-freeze and even propane. The Air Force grounded the entire stealthy F-22 fleet on May 3rd and launched an investigation. This week, the Air Force Times reports that they're still stumped, which is not the best news for the fantastically...
  • F-22 grounding continues as oxygen safety probe widens

    06/16/2011 9:00:19 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 16 June 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    More than six weeks after the US Air Force indefinitely grounded all Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptors, the scope of the safety investigation has widened beyond the Honeywell-supplied onboard oxygen generating system (OBOGS). Although internally described as the "OBOGS safety investigation", the probe launched after the 3 May safety stand-down of the F-22A fleet is "not limited" to that particular system, Air Combat Command (ACC) said in emailed responses to questions. "We are still working to pinpoint the exact nature of the problem," the ACC said. "It is premature to definitely link the current issues to the OBOGS system." The stand-down...
  • 8th FS ‘Black Sheep’ inactivated

    05/24/2011 3:02:26 PM PDT · by SZonian · 11 replies
    Holloman AFB, 49th Wing Public Affairs ^ | 5/20/2011 | A1C Siuta B. Ika
    Almost two years after its reactivation, the 8th Fighter Squadron held its inactivation ceremony May 13 on the 8th FS trim pad. The 8th FS, which was reactivated in September 2009 after being inactivated April 2008 following the retirement of the F-117 Nighthawk , will once again be placed in inactive status due to the changing of Holloman's flying mission. Since its reactivation, the 8th has done many great things explained Lt. Col. Craig Baker, 8th FS commander. "In less than a year, we boosted, by over 100 percent, the power projection of the 49th Wing's combat capabilities," he said....
  • Lockheed Fort Worth ships last F-22 fuselage

    05/14/2011 5:27:20 AM PDT · by texas booster · 19 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | May 12, 2011 | Bob Cox
    ... Lockheed employees saluted the final Raptor structure they built Thursday with a ceremony on the factory floor. The last mid-body was loaded into its shipping container and closed. Later F-22 team members officially deactivated the Raptor mid-body assembly line and sent the last structure off to Lockheed's Marietta, Ga. facility where the fighter jet’s final assembly takes place. This was the 195th mid-fuselage produced in Fort Worth, including development and production aircraft.
  • USAF Photo of the Day: F-22A Raptors prepare for aerial refueling over the Gulf Coast of Florida

    05/09/2011 10:00:56 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 13 replies ^ | April 2, 2007 | USAF SMSgt. Thomas Meneguin
    Via (medium, large, huge) The Photographer Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin, United States Air Force  
  • Air Force grounds F-22s over oxygen system concerns

    05/05/2011 8:10:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | May 6, 2011
    Air Force grounds F-22s over oxygen system concerns By the CNN Wire Staff May 6, 2011 -- Updated 0051 GMT (0851 HKT) Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Air Force has grounded its entire F-22 Raptor fleet amidst continuing concern over how the fighter jet provides oxygen to the pilot, according Capt. Jennifer Faerrau, a spokesperson for the Air Force's Air Combat Command. The stand-down order was made Tuesday but is just now becoming public. It's unclear how long the stand down will last. There are about 165 Raptors in the fleet. Since January, the aircraft already had been kept at...
  • A Little More Info on the Raptor and Libya

    04/08/2011 5:04:15 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 8 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 7, 2011 | John Reed
    "Air Force Secretary Michael Donley this week shed a tiny bit more light on the whole mystery surrounding the lack of an appearance by the F-22 Raptor in the skies above Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn, saying the plane would have been used if it was needed. "Donley told a reporter at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Washington that the plane would have flown in Libya if its capabilities were viewed as a requirement for the operation. When pressed for more on what capabilities were needed, he waited a few seconds before saying, 'multirole, maybe?'” Two USAF F-22A Raptors intercept...
  • Did Politics Keep the F-22 Out of Libya?

    04/04/2011 4:13:16 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 4, 2011 | John Reed
    "Former Air Force ISR chief, Lt. Gen. David Deptula, just isn't buying the explanation given by Air Force leaders last week that distance is what kept the F-22 Raptor out of Operation Odyssey Dawn. "Instead, political reasons likely kept the most advanced jet on Earth out of the fight, according to Deptula, an early advocate of using the jet to enforce the no-fly zone in Libya. Basically, the F-22's stealth would have negated much of the official need for coalition help since the jet is almost completely immune to Libya's ancient air defenses..." USAF B-2 Sprit and USAF F-22A Raptors...
  • Lockheed's F-22 Raptor Communications Too Limited, Capabilities Too Advanced for Libya Conflict

    03/23/2011 9:42:39 AM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | March 23, 2011 | Shane McGlaun
    B2 bombers flew without their Raptor escorts The U.S. Air Force is engaged in Libya right now and it is using mostly older aircraft like the F-15E to do the heavy fighting and ground attacks. The B2 stealth bomber was employed though and in many hostile airspace operations the B2 would have been accompanied by the F-22 Raptor, the most capable air superiority fighter in the USAF arsenal. However, in Libyan operations the B2's have apparently flown on a mission without the help from the F-22. Air Force Times reports that the reason the F-22 wasn't sent along with three...
  • U.S. Air Force: F-22 expected to be used in 'early days' of any Libyan no-fly zone

    03/17/2011 3:40:35 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2011 | John T. Bennett
    The Air Force's super-stealthy F-22 Raptor fighters likely would see their first combat action if a no-fly zone is set up by the U.S. and its allies over Libya, a senior defense official said Thursday. Under questioning from Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said it would be his "expectation" that F-22 fighters "would be in use" during "the early days" of a no-fly zone mission.
  • F-22s Could Test Libya's Air Defenses

    03/01/2011 4:49:37 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 32 replies
    Aviation Week | March 1, 2011 | David A. Fulghum
    "If the U.S. decides to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, the effort could be led by F-22s in their first combat assignment." Click here for the full article.
  • F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats

    02/22/2011 8:00:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Warner Robins Patriot ^ | 02/22/2011 | GENE RECTOR
    F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats by GENE RECTOR, Staff Writer The Warner Robins Patriot In a concession some months ago to what’s practical rather than what many preferred, Defense Department officials decided to update the Air Force’s fleet of F-15 Eagle fighters rather than buying additional, new production F-22s. It is a move that shines a bright light on Robins Air Force Base where hundreds of workers daily engage in worldwide sustainment of the nation’s F-15 fleet. Budget constraints – then and especially now – drove the decision. The F-15 upgrade – featuring...
  • .Elusive warbird F-22 Raptor makes its Australian debut

    02/11/2011 4:18:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2/12/2011 | Steve Creedy
    The appearance comes as developments in China have prompted renewed calls to restore production of the top-of-the-line US fighter after it was axed by Defence Secretary Robert Gates in 2009. The decision, which capped F-22 production at 187 aircraft, has been called into question by the public emergence of China's J-20 and a co-operative program between Russia and China to build a similar aircraft. For the moment, however, the single-seat, twin-engine Raptor remains the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter. It boasts stealth technology, speed, agility and long-range capabilities ahead of the Joint Strike Fighter. Australia at one stage considered acquiring...
  • Holloman Airmen provide 5th generation fighter support

    02/07/2011 4:54:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/12/2011 | Senior Airman Sondra Escutia
    Two T-38 Talons were delivered in December here with the help of NASA officials. NASA officials used an Aero Spacelines Super Guppy to deliver the first two of an eventual 15 T-38s that will be regenerated here and flown to operating locations at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and Tyndall AFB, Fla. The Super Guppy is a wide-bodied cargo aircraft used in many space programs to transport spacecraft components. "This will keep the T-38 Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Program alive for a number of years, and it will allow us to provide these low-cost training assets to help offset the cost of...
  • F-22 for Avalon

    02/06/2011 10:16:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Australian Aviation ^ | 2/7/2011 | Australian Aviation
    The F-22 is expected to star at Avalon. "This is a special aircraft and we have been trying to get it to Avalon for many years," Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said. "It is really exciting that at long last we will be able to host for the Australian public to see for the first time." The F-22 on display at Avalon is expected to come from the Elmendorf,Alaska based F-22 currently deployed to Kadena,Japan. "avalon 2011 will be the largest show we have put on to date, with so many aircraft being exhibited, thatwe have had to extend our aircraft...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Best of the Best

    02/04/2011 8:58:26 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 27 replies ^ | March 3, 2006 | USAF TSgt. Ben Bloker
    U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Smith (Commander, 94th Fighter Squadron) peels away from USAF Major Kevin Dolata (Assistant Director of Operations, 94th Fighter Squadron) during the delivery flight of the first F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jets to the 94th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on March 3, 2006. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker, United States Air Force  
  • Reserve, active duty support Pacific theater deployment

    02/03/2011 4:04:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    USAF ^ | 2/236/2010 | by Maj. Lisa Reaver
    Reservists assigned to the 477th Fighter Group deployed this week to support the U.S. Pacific Command commander's Theater Security Package program in the Western Pacific. The 20 maintainers and eight pilots along with the 3rd Wing's 525th Fighter Squadron will be deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan for three months. "The 477th Fighter Group reservists operate and maintain 3rd Wing aircraft under the Classic Associate Unit Construct, integrating with the 525th Fighter Squadron and 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit," said Air Force Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander. "During normal training there is seamless integration with the active-duty squadrons,...
  • USAF invites rivals to break Lockheed’s grip on F-22 upgrade work

    02/02/2011 4:40:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 2/2/2011 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force could spend up to $16 billion over the next several years on further upgrades for the Lockheed Martin F-22. It could also award some of the business to the manufacturer's competitors. The dollar value was disclosed in a 26 January acquisition notice calling for bidders to compete for the follow-on Raptor enhancement, development and integration (FREDI) contract. Lockheed was awarded the original multi-year REDI deal in 2004, but now the USAF is inviting its competitors to bid for the work too.
  • Could Chinese threat restore F-22 here?

    01/26/2011 12:00:48 AM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:52am PST - Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011, 1:51pm PST | Steve Wilhelm
    Observers may argue whether the recent first flight of China’s J-20 prototype stealth fighter means any imminent threat to U.S. air superiority. But the new evidence of Chinese military aerospace prowess does raise the possibility of a future decision to resume building the U.S. top-of-the-line fighter, the F-22 Raptor, which is nearly at the end of its planned production run. A number of pundits and press reports have recently weighed whether the U.S. will need more F-22s to counter the Chinese fighter if the latter actually evolves into a competitive aircraft and enters production. Focusing on the possible Chinese threat...
  • F-22 Raptor, 'smartest fighter' likely at Aero India

    01/25/2011 10:45:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 1/26/2011 | Indian Express
    The world’s most advanced combat aircraft, the F-22 Raptor, is likely to make a rare appearance outside the US during the upcoming Aero India show in Bangalore next month. This will be the first appearance of the stealth fighter, which is also the only operational fifth generation fighter aircraft in the world, in India and its third participation at an international air show. Final details are being worked out by the US, but sources said that two of the fighters are set to be flown in for the air show that begins on February 9 and will be showcased as...
  • J-20 Shows Need for JSF

    01/25/2011 10:35:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 1/24/2011 | John Wagner
    Recently DefenseTech ran a piece about the Chinese J-20 “stealth” fighter that points out it may be less troublesome than the initial hype suggested. I put “stealth” in scare quotes for just that reason; we have no idea whether this is a legitimate stealth aircraft or just some fancy sheet metal and paint. We have no clue if they have managed to engineer the sensors and electronic systems needed to fly it or to allow it to go up against our frontline birds. But that really shouldn’t be giving us a warm fuzzy. If they had actually fielded an aircraft...
  • Alaska F-22 AIB on recess

    01/22/2011 7:51:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 2+ views
    USAF ^ | 1/21/2010 | USAF
    The Accident Investigation Board for the Alaska-based F-22 Raptor crash recessed, Jan. 14, per the direction of Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander. The board will resume when weather conditions allow further recovery operations of the crash site located near Cantwell, Alaska. Capt. Jeff Haney, pilot of the F-22 Raptor, was on a routine, night training mission and lost his life due to the crash, Nov. 16. The Accident Investigation Board has been unable to determine the cause of the accident with the information and evidence currently available. The board seeks to ensure all the evidence available at the...
  • Bring Back The F-22

    01/20/2011 8:12:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/20/2011 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    Only two years after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ decision to end production of the F-22 Raptor at 187 aircraft, the program may be poised to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. When Gates made his decision, it was on the assumption that other countries -- notably Russia and China -- would not develop their own fifth-generation fighters for at least another decade or more. Yet, even as the Secretary met with his counterparts from the Chinese military, that institution announced the first test flight of the J-20, their entrant into the fifth-generation fighter competition. In addition, Russia has...
  • Shore Up America's Air Superiority

    01/18/2011 10:15:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journaal ^ | 1/17/2011 | Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly
    After the Chinese military tested its new stealthy fighter during U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Beijing, most attention focused on whether or not President Hu Jintao had advance knowledge of the test. The fact that Mr. Hu appeared surprised when Mr. Gates brought it up led to speculation on the relative independence of the PLA and its potential role in next year's change in China's leadership. These are obviously important issues but they should not make us lose sight of the test itself and the central fact that the balance of air power in the region is leaning...
  • Arms race is back on the radar

    01/18/2011 9:55:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Newsobserver ^ | 1/19/2011 | Andrew Cockburn
    The world may be in turmoil, but in the defense business there are signs of a return to normalcy. After dreary decades in which the U.S. military had to live without a presentable threat with which to justify its spending on high-technology weapons, the Chinese stepped up to the plate. With ominous talk gaining currency in Washington of actual cuts in the U.S. defense budget, our Asian friends have suddenly offered a titillating peek from an airfield in Chengdu at their newest warplane, described as a radar-evading "stealth" fighter like our own F-22.
  • Congress must challenge DOD and administration on flawed air power roadmap

    01/17/2011 10:46:22 PM PST · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    F16net ^ | Eric L. Palmer | January 9, 2011
    The top leadership in the U.S. Department of Defense is out of their depth when considering what air domination capability is good to defend America. The F-35, which Mr. Gates has gambled our future on is neither affordable, sustainable, lethal or survivable. And; it was always meant to have the F-22 do the real work of air domination against big threats. Why is this important? America needs the guarantee of air domination. America needs the deterrence of air domination. America needs real air power leaders. We are now on a sure path to throwing this all away. And with that;...
  • Chinese Fighter Test Embarrasses Gates, Casts Doubt On Goals

    01/16/2011 11:56:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    The Lexington Institute ^ | 1/13/2011 | Loren Thompson
    Much has been written over the past few days about how the Chinese military's decision to flight-test its new J-20 fighter during a visit by U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates was an embarrassment for China's civilian leaders. Apparently, nobody in the Peoples Liberation Army had bothered to mention the flight to President Hu Jintao, so Gates was the first person to give him a heads up. Imagine how it feels to find out from a visiting foreign dignitary what your own military is doing -- the military that you supposedly lead. But the person who should really be embarrassed is...
  • China Spurns Defense Secretary Gates

    01/11/2011 5:38:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 11, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: Dealing from a position of increasing strength against increasing U.S. weakness, China has rebuffed an overture to hold strategic nuclear talks. Why should they? As we disarm unilaterally, time is on their side. America doesn't have that big a stick anymore, and the Chinese know it. China and the United States are seemingly moving in different directions both economically and militarily. So when Defense Secretary Robert Gates went to Beijing on Monday speaking softly about the need for strategic talks, the Chinese told him in essence, "Thanks for coming." The world's oldest civilization is willing to wait patiently for...
  • New photo suggests J-20 achieves maiden flight

    01/10/2011 7:51:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    Flight International ^ | 10/01/11 | Stephen Trimble
    New photo suggests J-20 achieves maiden flight By Stephen Trimble A new photo circulating on aviation web sites indicates China's newest fighter project has achieved first flight. The maiden flight of the stealthy Chengdu J-20 prototype has been anticipated since the aircraft was revealed in unofficial photos that started appearing on the web in late December. The new photo shows the J-20 after takeoff with the landing gear still lowered. The aircraft does not appear to be using afterburners in the image. Further details about the aircraft's first sortie are still unknown. The J-20's sudden appearance took the non-Chinese aviation...
  • China’s Over-hyped Stealth Jet

    01/06/2011 7:38:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 59 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 07, 2011 | David Axe
    China’s Over-hyped Stealth Jet East Asia | Security | China January 7, 2011 By David Axe China’s first fifth-generation, J-20 fighter plane could shake up the Pacific order, writes David Axe. But it probably won’t. It was an audacious debut, even by the dramatic standards of Chinese weapons systems. For months, Western reporters and analysts had heard rumours of photos surfacing, and quickly disappearing, on China’s heavily censored Internet of an advanced jet fighter similar in shape and dimension to the latest US and Russian designs. On Christmas Day, another photo appeared. And this time, it stayed on-line long enough...
  • The Unveiling Of China's Raptor

    01/06/2011 5:03:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: While America has stopped production of its stealth fighter, China prepares to challenge U.S. air supremacy in the Western Pacific with its own. China is on another Long March, one it hopes will lead to military supremacy over the U.S. at least in the Western Pacific. It is deploying a carrier-killing mobile missile, the Dong Feng 21D, and is expected to launch its first aircraft carrier this year, the refurbished ex-Soviet carrier Varyag. China is also conducting preflight tests on a fifth-generation stealth fighter expected to challenge the best the U.S. has to offer. Photographs reportedly showing China's J-20...
  • Long March: China’s fifth-generation fighter is years away

    01/04/2011 7:32:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/01/11 | Greg Waldron
    Long March: China’s fifth-generation fighter is years away By Greg Waldron Images of a new aircraft purported to be China's fifth-generation fighter have created a stir among aviation enthusiasts, but a true Chinese combat aircraft in this category is probably well over a decade away from readiness. In late December grainy photographs emerged on Chinese websites of an aircraft described as the fifth-generation Chengdu J-20. Most of the images appeared to show the aircraft during taxi tests, although one especially pixellated image showed what appeared to be the new aircraft close to taking off. While there is the possibility that...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il hides himself underground for fear of US F-22 Raptors

    01/02/2011 1:38:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 01/02/11
    01-02-2011 13:36 Kim Jong-il hides himself underground for fear of US F-22 Raptors North Korean leader hid himself in an underground bunker for nine days during the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercise off the west coast from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 last year for fear of F-22 Raptors of the U.S. Air Force, the Joongang Sunday magazine reported. The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation supermaneuverable fighter aircraft equipped with stealth technology. The U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington participated in the joint exercise. A defense ministry official said on condition of anonymity that Kim hid to protect himself from an...
  • China's J-20 Stealth Fighter In Taxi Tests

    12/30/2010 10:42:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies · 133+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | Dec 30, 2010 | Bill Sweetman
    China's J-20 Stealth Fighter In Taxi Tests Dec 30, 2010 By Bill Sweetman Washington China’s first known stealth aircraft just emerged from a secret development program and was undergoing high-speed taxi tests late last week at Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute’s airfield. Said to be designated J-20, it is larger than most observers expected—pointing to long range and heavy weapon loads. Its timing, Chengdu’s development record and official statements cast doubt on U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s 2009 prediction (in support of his decision to stop production of the Lockheed Martin F-22) that China would not have an operational stealth aircraft...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Vigilant

    12/24/2010 5:31:48 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 11 replies · 2+ views ^ | March 9, 2009 | USAF MSgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald
    U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jets fly together over the Western Pacific Ocean. Via (medium, large, huge) The Photographer Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, United States Air Force  
  • One Foggy Day In China (new stealth fighter spotted?)

    12/23/2010 8:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 7+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 12/23/2010 | Bill Sweetman
    One Foggy Day In China Posted by Bill Sweetman at 12/23/2010 8:30 AM CST Is China about to give airpower hawks their best Christmas present ever? The internetz are buzzing (start here and here) with a picture that allegedly shows China's next-generation Chengdu J-20 fighter - the first known Chinese stealth aircraft - undergoing high-speed taxi trials, with rumors of a first flight within weeks. The picture appeared today on the very popular Chinese military fan web site Top81, apparently taken by a cell phone from a car. The bad news is that it makes 1950s shots of new MiGs...
  • Lockheed proposes F-35'ing the F-22

    12/22/2010 10:13:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global/DEW Line ^ | 10/29/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    So far, the F-22 and F-35 have been developed along parallel paths. Except for one of the F-35's engines, the direct links between Lockheed's two "fifth-generation fighters" are surprisingly thin. It seems both Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force like it that way. If an official -- or even unofficial -- photo exists showing both aircraft together in flight, I've never seen it. The disconnect extends deep beneath the titanium and steel skin. Major subsystems for both aircraft are based on different computing architectures. So improving hardware or software on the F-35 yields no benefit for the F-22, and...
  • Rust and Stealth - GAO on F-22 vs F-35

    12/18/2010 7:43:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/17/2010 | Graham Warwick
    Costly corrosion problems on the F-22 caused by stealth materials and coatings have been addressed on the F-35, but risks remain, concludes a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO's presentation to Congress on its review of the DoD's corrosion evaluation report on the F-22 and F-35, completed at the end of September, says: "Corrosion of the aluminum skin panels on the F-22 was first observed in spring 2005, less than 6 months after the Air Force first introduced the aircraft to a severe environment. By October 2007, a total of 534 instances of corrosion were documented, and...
  • Lockheed’s F-22s Corroding, Need $228 Million Repairs

    12/17/2010 8:07:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Buisnessweek ^ | 12/16/2010 | Tony Capaccio and Gopal Ratnam
    Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-22 jets began corroding soon after introduction into the U.S. Air Force in 2005 and the Defense Department plans to spend $228 million through 2016 to fix the deteriorating aluminum skin panels, the Government Accountability Office said in a report today. The newer F-35 aircraft, which are also built by Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed, have an improved design and use updated materials and paint to prevent the corrosion seen on the F-22 jets, according to the report sent to the Senate and House Armed Services committees. “Corrosion of the aluminum skin panels was first observed in spring 2005,...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: An F-15 Eagle and an F-22A Raptor fly over Langley AFB, Virginia

    12/17/2010 12:44:04 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 19 replies ^ | April 27, 2005 | U.S. Air Force TSgt. Ben Bloker
    The Via (photo 16)   The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker, United States Air Force  
  • The F-22: Raptor or Albatross?

    12/16/2010 8:45:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/9/2010 | Michael Auslin
    After years of ignoring North Korean aggression and provocations, the South Korean government has stated that any future attacks will result in war on the peninsula. In such a crisis as happening now on the Korean peninsula, one assumes the political and military leadership of the United States would deploy its most sophisticated weapons to the Korean peninsula, both as a warning to Pyongyang and as a capable force to defend against any further aggression in support of our South Korean allies. Yet what was missing from the joint military exercises last week between the U.S. and South Korean navies,...
  • North Korea: "The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to the phase of an all-out war"

    12/13/2010 9:35:09 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 21 replies
    Pyongyang, North Korea ^ | December 11, 2010 | Korean Central News Agency
    The U.S. imperialists openly approved the puppet forces' plan to attack the DPRK by mobilizing all fighters and warships, etc. not bound to the existing "rules and regulations for battles," touting "their right to self-defence." They, at the same time, declared they would consider the proposal for supporting the puppet forces with "information about north Korea" and with "F-22 Raptors" advertised by them as the "most sophisticated fighters in the world" in case of a war between the north and the south of Korea. This indicates that the U.S. is fully joining in the puppet forces' moves for a war...
  • The F-22: Raptor or Albatross

    12/09/2010 8:24:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies · 3+ views
    The American Enterprise Institute ^ | December 9, 2010 | Michael Auslin
    The F-22: Raptor or Albatross By Michael Auslin | Weekly Standard Thursday, December 9, 2010 After years of ignoring North Korean aggression and provocations, the South Korean government has stated that any future attacks will result in war on the peninsula. In such a crisis as happening now on the Korean peninsula, one assumes the political and military leadership of the United States would deploy its most sophisticated weapons to the Korean peninsula, both as a warning to Pyongyang and as a capable force to defend against any further aggression in support of our South Korean allies. Yet what was...
  • Aerojet Completes Final Lot Shipments of USAF F-22 Raptor Program

    12/04/2010 6:06:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    ASDN News ^ | 12/4/2010 | ASDN News
    Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced today that it shipped the last F-22 Raptor forward boom to The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. This completed the 10th lot of a procurement that spanned 17 years in support of the Boeing/Lockheed Martin/U.S. Air Force team. Aerojet has been under contract to The Boeing Company on the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program since 1993 and has delivered 394 booms. The company was honored by Boeing as its Supplier of the Year in 2005 and 2007, and its gold and silver supplier for 2009 and 2010. "Our success is a testament to the...
  • U.S. Fighter Production Contracts Awarded

    12/02/2010 10:05:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Defense Procurement ^ | 11/23/2010 | Matthew Potter
    Two years ago the Obama Administration made significant changes to the U.S. defense budget as they came into office. One area that formed a major part of these changes was tactical aircraft. Production of the F-22 advanced fighter was capped and efforts were focused on the new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The three variants of the JSF were to equip the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Boeing (BA) who made the F-22 along with Lockheed Martin (LMT) could see a future where they were not making any aircraft for the U.S. military. The F-22 and the C-17 transport...
  • What Russia’s Stealth Fighter Developments Mean for America

    12/01/2010 10:12:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 11/30/2010 | Mackenzie Eaglen and Lajos F. Szaszdi, Ph.D.
    Russia’s development of the PAK FA fifth-generation stealth fighter could challenge American air supremacy, especially if Russia sells the PAK FA to its usual buyers of military equipment. In the U.S., closure of the F-22 production line has severely limited America’s ability to respond to PAK FA proliferation by building more F-22s and potentially selling them to U.S. allies. The U.S. needs to revise its assessment of U.S. air superiority needs and then explore ways to modernize and strengthen the U.S. tactical fighter force.With America’s closure of the F-22 production line and the recent debut of Russia’s PAK FA fifth-generation...