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  • Revealed: China's Radars Can Track America's Stealthy F-22 Raptor

    02/20/2016 8:53:13 AM PST · by Smittie · 24 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 19, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    State-run Chinese media is claiming that the People’s Liberation Army has been able to track the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters over the East China Sea. While the Chinese report might be easily dismissed as propaganda—it is not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact—it’s very possible that China can track the Raptor. Stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, after all. Stealth technology simply delays detection and tracking. First off, if a Raptor is carrying external fuel tanks—as it often does during “ferry missions”—it is not in a stealth configuration. Moreover, the aircraft is often...
  • Chinese Espionage, Weapons Shift Asian Power Balance

    11/10/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 10, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Military Superiority: China's new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter could be the equal of our F-22s and F-35s, U.S. pilots say, and is just one of the weapons that may thwart America's "pivot" to the Pacific. The J-31, a fifth-generation stealth fighter, will make its official debut at the Zhuhai International Air Show Nov. 11-16 in southern China's Guangdong province. As one U.S. pilot with F-35 experience told USNI News of the J-31 and other new Chinese fighters: "I think they'll eventually be on par with our fifth-gen jets as they should be, because industrial espionage is alive and well."...
  • Obama Goes To War With Weapons He Scrapped (Raptors, Tomahawks)

    09/24/2014 6:20:01 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Defense: The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready. With the decision to launch air and missile strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, in addition to ongoing strikes in Iraq in what is said to be the start of a long and sustained campaign to "degrade and destroy" the terrorist group, President Obama has stumbled upon a revelation: The military whose budgets he's slashed and weapons systems he opposed is suddenly quite useful. As the Washington...
  • Christopher Swindell: Gun safety debate is B.S.

    06/02/2013 11:32:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    The Charleston Gazette (WV) ^ | 5-30-2013 | Christopher Swindell
    Watching the celebration at the NRA convention over the defeat of background checks was the most nauseating experience of the day. I am not a New York gun control liberal, either. I support a shotgun for home defense, a handgun for limited conceal/carry, and an assortment of hunting rifles to balance West Virginia's exploding deer population (as evidenced by hourly collisions with cars). So, I am hardly out of the mainstream. But, the gun safety debate is B.S. This foaming at the mouth, Obamar is coming for the guns, Nanny Bloomberg is a bad billionaire, and most despicable of all,...
  • Meet the journalism professor who says NRA members are treasonous, should be executed

    06/03/2013 6:23:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies ^ | 6-3-2013 | Eric Owens
    In a bizarre op-ed in The Charleston Gazette last week, journalism professor Christopher Swindell argued that the National Rifle Association advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America. Stirring words, to be sure, but Swindell was hardly done not even close. He also said that the NRA is guilty of treason worthy of the firing squad. To support the new NRA presidents agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason, Swindell charged in his wacky essay. After briefly playing the race card and alluding to the Civil War,...
  • DOD Inspector General finds USAF F-22 crash report conclusions not supported by the facts

    02/15/2013 2:57:17 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 2/11/2013 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON The Department of Defense Inspector General on Monday disputed an Air Force investigation that blamed pilot error rather than oxygen supply problems for the crash of an F-22 Raptor in November 2010. The Air Force grounded the jets considered the worlds most advanced for several months in 2011 after reports by pilots that oxygen-supply system failures lead to symptoms including headache, fatigue and nausea. The Air Force report, completed in late 2011, concluded that it was not an oxygen supply problem, but several errors by Capt. Jeffrey Haney, who was killed, that led to the crash...
  • Obama Hollows Out Military: Tanks For The Memories

    05/04/2012 5:44:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 4, 2012
    The Obama Record: The president's defense strategy creates a hollow force and worsens our readiness crisis. Big cuts mean weakening the military's ability to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide for the common defense. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the president's victory lap in Afghanistan on the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the Navy SEALs "an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military." Indeed he has. "He cut the F-22, future combat...
  • Is The F-35 Strike Fighter The Military Chevy Volt?

    02/27/2012 4:54:12 PM PST · by raptor22 · 53 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 27, 2012 | IBD staff
    Defense: Pilots who arrived a year ago to train on the fighter of the future are still waiting as safety concerns, cost overruns and questions about the whole program's feasibility mount. The F-35 is meant to be America's next-generation fighter, the heir to the Air Force's F-15 Eagle and the Navy's and Marines' F/A-18 Hornet. Those two aircraft have fulfilled their air superiority and ground-attack roles well, yet many are well beyond their expected life expectancy. The F-35 would fill America's defense needs in an age of budget constraints, we were told. So far it has not been a smooth...
  • Obamalateral Disarmament Dooms Arsenal Of Democracy

    01/09/2012 1:53:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 9, 2012 | IBD staff
    National Security: Portrayed as just a shuffling of priorities, the president's defense cuts reduce our two-war strategy to maybe one war and cross your fingers. Champagne corks are popping from Beijing to Tehran. Imagine a scenario in the not-too-distant future when an Iranian Shahab missile mated with an unexpectedly ready nuclear warhead is test-fired and detonates somewhere over the Indian Ocean. The next day Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz as China announces a blockade of Taiwan. The administration's defense cuts, or shifts in priorities as President Obama would have us believe, leaves us woefully unprepared for the unexpected in...
  • Black Hawk Down China Up?

    05/11/2011 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May , 11, 2011 | Staff
    Secrets: Good news of bin Laden's death may be followed by bad news of Pakistan giving China a peek at our downed helicopter. Will we be threatened by our own technology? They are something out of the latest Batman flick, the modified Black Hawk helicopters that were used in the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound. With a curious hublike housing around the unusually configured rear-rotor, among other things, it was clearly designed to be as quiet and stealthy as possible. When one of the copters clipped a wall in bin Laden's compound, it had to be destroyed, leaving...
  • Disarmament The Obama Way

    03/23/2011 3:54:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Investors Daily ^ | 3/23/11 | editor
    Defense: As Russia invests in new weapons and China increases military spending by double digits, the administration conducts a new review looking to cut our nuclear arsenal even beyond misguided treaty obligations. The F-15 Eagle that lay smoldering in the Libyan desert was downed not by hostile fire but by "mechanical failure." It's a perfect metaphor for the current administration's downgrading of national defense from a constitutional imperative to an optional budget item. The F-22 Raptor was designed to replace our aging F-15 fleet, which is older than the pilots who fly them and whose wings are almost literally falling...
  • F-15 set to be practical if not preferred answer to nations 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 nations threats by GENE RECTOR, Staff Writer The Warner Robins Patriot In a concession some months ago to whats practical rather than what many preferred, Defense Department officials decided to update the Air Forces 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 nations F-15 fleet. Budget constraints then and especially now drove the decision. The F-15 upgrade featuring...
  • 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 Chinas 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...

    01/24/2011 8:04:41 PM PST · by STARSCREAM1987 · 9 replies
    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...
  • 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;...
  • 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...
  • USAF Chief Considers F-35 And F-22 Replacement

    11/27/2010 9:11:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/26/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    The U.S. Air Forces senior officer has acknowledged concern over the Lockheed Martin F-35 program, in particular slow software development that may push the Joint Strike Fighters operational debut into 2016. There are some issues with respect to timing on software development, the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz, told a group of defense writers this week in Washington. We dont have a complete understanding yet of whether that will affect the new, predicted [initial operating capability] of April 2016. Im still concerned about the schedule a little less on technical matters, [but] software appears to be...
  • GOP control of House could revive the F-22 fight

    11/13/2010 5:47:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 43 replies
    AJC/Political Insider ^ | 11/13/2010 | Jim Galloway
    The takeover of the U.S. House by Republicans could prompt a revival of the fight for additional funding for the Marietta-built F-22 stealth fighter, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey said Friday. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Republican from Marietta. AJC file This isnt just for the sake of home-cooking, but also for the sake of the country, Gingrey said in a telephone interview. But Gingrey conceded that concerns over spending and the federal deficit could make the funding battle a difficult one. The planes have a price tag of $120 million each. We would have to look at it with a...
  • No Time To Scrimp On Defense

    08/11/2010 6:04:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Federal Spending: The secretary of defense announces that due to economic conditions, the military must be slashed by $100 billion. Since when did defending the United States become an optional budget item? As Chinese warships tour the Mediterranean and Iran adds four submarines to its navy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced this week the closing of the Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in Norfolk, Va., the first step toward finding $100 billion in savings over the next five years. The command was just formed in 1999 to improve the ability of the various services to work together and find efficiencies. It...
  • Red Tail Angels fly into Holloman history

    04/08/2010 8:22:51 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 664+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | Arlan Ponder
    Known as the "Red Tail Angels" by bomber crews of the 15th Air Force, who they flew in support of over the skies of Europe, the famed 301st Fighter Squadron will relocate from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. to Holloman where its reserve members will form a classic association with active duty military members from the 49th Fighter Wing. The squadron will fly the F-22 Raptor alongside the 7th and 8th Fighter Squadrons, while also performing their monthly reserve weekend training missions. Ironically, all of the squadrons -- 301st, 7th and 8th -- can attribute their early roots back to...
  • Prague Surrender

    04/08/2010 4:48:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Arms Deal: President Obama signs away U.S. nuclear security and gives the Russians a veto over whether we can defend ourselves. Our nuclear umbrella is in tatters as another piece of paper proclaims peace in our time. Completing a process of disarmament and appeasement that manifested itself in the dismantling and defunding of U.S. military power that began with his inauguration, President Obama signed a new strategic arms limitation treaty with a grinning and very happy Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday in the Czech capital. How fitting this document was signed in Prague, which isn't far from Munich where...
  • Vanishing American Air Superiority

    03/03/2010 10:36:46 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 763+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 4, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    The debate over the F-22 Raptor has been carried out at the customary level of simplemindedness we've become used to with Congress handling military questions. Since the early 60s, the favored method of killing a military program has been to come up with an argument easily expressed in a sound bite and stick with it. This time, the sound bite was, "Why do we need two fighter planes, anyway?" The answer is even simpler: we need two fighters because need two fighters. The historical record clearly reveals this: every air campaign carried out with two distinct and particularly formulated fighter...
  • Sukhoi PAK-FA - Russia's Strategic 'Game Changer';

    02/15/2010 4:00:24 AM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 883+ views
    Air Power Australia ^ | February 15, 2010 | Wg Cdr. Chris Mills (RAAF, retired)
    When a nation accustomed to decades of projecting power loses control of large tracts of airspace, that is a strategic disaster. If that nation loses control of the airspace over its homeland, that is a strategic catastrophe. America has enjoyed air superiority over airspace in locations of its choice for about 40 years. The F-22A ‘Air Dominance’ Raptor and the clear intent to establish the next level, air dominance, was an aircraft thirty years ahead of its time. Its concept design is now twenty years old, and the aircraft should be in full stride and in its prime. The Sukhoi...
  • F-22 Or F-35: The Plane Truth

    02/04/2010 5:54:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies · 3,028+ views ^ | February 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration decision to scrap a proven aircraft in favor of a supposedly cheaper, more flexible replacement is proving to be an expensive mistake. We may wind up defenseless and broke. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that was supposed to be America's frontline fighter for the foreseeable future is in big trouble. Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired the general in charge of the program this week amid concerns of spiraling costs and program delays. Gates also announced he is withholding $614 million in fees from the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. Daniel J. Crowley, one of Lockheed Martin's project managers,...
  • U.S. Air Force Having Serious Trouble Keeping F-22 Raptor Pilots

    02/01/2010 10:57:41 PM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 1,323+ views
    Defense Review ^ | October 28, 2008 | David Crane
    According to a recent Air Force Times article, the F-22 Raptor has the lowest pilot-retention rate of any U.S. fighter or attack aircraft measured, at a rather abysmal 33%. Compare this to 81% for F-15E Strike Eagle pilots and 68% for F-15 Eagle pilots respectively, and, gentlemen, we’ve got a problem. Think about that for a second. If those numbers are correct (and we’re not sure about them, yet), the F-15E, a much older and less-technologically-advanced aircraft, enjoys almost 2.5 times the pilot retention rate of the vaunted F-22. The article didn’t give an explanation, just the brutal facts. However,...
  • Aircraft with advantages, or the next generation of wasted money?

    01/21/2010 11:31:48 PM PST · by myknowledge · 59 replies · 1,567+ views ^ | January 10, 2010 | Kent Harris
    The Air Force is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on two fighter jets that probably will never be used to support troops on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan. Congress has decided to cap production of the F-22, removing funding for the fifth-generation fighter from the 2010 military budget. And the F-35 — also known as the Joint Strike Fighter — won’t be ready for prime time before 2013, according to the latest estimates. Critics of the new fighters say they are too expensive and not needed in today's warfare, while proponents argue that the current aircraft are not...
  • Raptors to deploy to Guam

    01/01/2010 9:37:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 572+ views
    AFNS ^ | 12/31/2009 | AFNS
    Fifteen F-22 Raptors are scheduled to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in January 2010 for approximately three months. The fighters and associated personnel will deploy from the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. The deployment supports U.S. Pacific Command's theater security packages in the Western Pacific and follows the recent departure from the theater of two deployed squadrons of F-22s that also were supporting U.S. PACOM's TSP. The fighters and personnel deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, and Kadena Air Base, Japan, completed their redeployment in October 2009. The F-22 is a transformational combat aircraft that can avoid...
  • 8th FS flagship arrives

    12/24/2009 2:44:05 PM PST · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 988+ views ^ | December 22, 2009 | SSgt. Sanjay Allen
    The 8th Fighter Squadron received their first of 20 F-22 Raptors on the afternoon of December 21. The arrival of 8th FS flagship, a Langley AFB Raptor -- which came from maintenance in Palmdale, Calif. -- starts the next chapter of the "Black Sheep's" storied history that started in 1941 when the squadron was assigned to the 49th Pursuit Group, where during World War II, their pilots amassed 207 aerial victories. "Air dominance," said Lt. Col. Craig "Bluto" Baker, 8th FS commander, relating how the F-22 fits into Holloman's history. "The F-22 builds on what previous generations of air superiority...
  • F-22 Necessary For Continued Dominance

    12/06/2009 2:26:22 PM PST · by myknowledge · 25 replies · 1,349+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | November 23, 2009 | John Tsucalas
    This column is the third in this series on the best fighter ever put in service by any country at any time in history, the F-22 Raptor. To briefly summarize the first two columns: The F-22 Raptor is the most superior fighter in the world. Its key feature is its stealth quality, which allows it to run undetected by enemy radar. Its primary purpose is to gain control of the sky above a battlefield and hold it. It can opportunistically attack ground targets, although that mission is the main role of the currently planned multi-service, multi-purpose stealth F-35 Lightning II...
  • Edwards Air Show Soars

    10/18/2009 12:23:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies · 1,424+ views
    Valley Press ^ | October 19, 2009 | Allison Gatlin
    EDWARDS AFB - More than 100,000 people streamed into Edwards Air Force Base Saturday to join in a celebration of aviation and flight test history during Flight Test Nation 2009, the base's open house and air show. "WHAT A SIGHT - The Warbirds demonstration included pyrotechnics Saturday at Edwards Air Force Base Flight Test Nation 2009 Air Show and Open House. Participating planes included the B-52, B-17, P-51 and P-38." MOLLY HAUXWELL/Valley Press
  • Obamas Money Mantra Hurts National Defense

    08/15/2009 6:32:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 499+ views ^ | August 14, 2009 | Arne Owens
    Earlier this year, President Barack Obama sent his Administrations 2010 budget priorities to the Congress. What it revealed was shocking, even if it should not have been surprising, with trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, even before healthcare reform spending is counted. The only significant cuts were in future defense spending, even as American forces are fully engaged in fighting two wars and the world appears as dangerous as it ever was. The White Houses budget submission called for ending production of the Air Force F-22 Raptor, a replacement for the 40-year old F-15 Eagle air-superiority fighter....
  • The Untimely Demise of the F-22

    08/14/2009 6:35:52 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 36 replies · 1,693+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 17, 2009 | Michael Goldfarb
    After the Senate vote, General Peter Pawling, who moved to the staff of U.S. Pacific Command earlier this year after serving as commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing, told Aviation Week's David Fulghum that he was "still planning on getting those airplanes." "There is nothing out there that can fly against it," Pawling said. "If we had a major conflict [against someone with advanced air defenses], I can't imagine going in there with anything but an F-22." Indeed, that same day Fulghum quoted another Air Force official, this one identified only as a "senior intelligence officer." "The...
  • Defense: They Build While We Cut (Obama is scaling back while Russia/China are building up)

    08/13/2009 5:52:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 3,982+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8/13/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    Russia and China, two potential U.S. adversaries in a future war, are committed to big increases in defense spending and global military adventures in the coming years, just as President Obama is forcing the Pentagon to scale back. The imbalance has defense experts worried that re-emergent Russia and China will be able to defeat U.S. forces in an air, sea and ground conflict because they will field superior fighters, ships and tanks in the next decades. This week, China announced its most ambitious military exercise to date. The People's Liberation Army is sending 50,000 troops to far reaches of the...
  • The Turning Point

    08/05/2009 6:12:23 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 96 replies · 1,845+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 8/1/2009 | Rebecca Grant
    A year ago, USAF had a fully funded modernization program. That program has unraveled. The Air Force is in the throes of what could prove to be one of the greatest upheavals in its turbulent 62-year history. The words danger and difficulty have become only too appropriate in describing the situation of USAFs critical combat formations. Today is a time when aged fighters fall out of the sky and no replacement bomber is in sight. The nation bets its basic security on a force that is olderby farthan at any time since World War II. Some see the current turmoil...
  • Obama Presser Finally Finds "Waste" To Eliminate, The F-22 Raptor (Video)

    07/23/2009 11:18:29 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 5 replies · 190+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/23/09 | talkradio03
    We wouldn't want to save or create jobs of those who build fighters would we...Video of Obama calling it "waste"...
  • Stimulate Defense

    02/10/2009 6:23:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 562+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 10, 2009
    Federal Spending: With the money spent on honeybee insurance in the stimulus package, the Army could buy nine utility helicopters and employ 1,200 skilled workers. Have we forgotten that the nation's interstate highway system was a defense project?The repairing of the nation's roads, bridges and infrastructure is touted by supporters of the stimulus package as a way of creating jobs that America needs to revitalize its economy. The interstate highway system initiated by President Dwight Eisenhower is cited as the kind of job-creating infrastructure work we need to do. What isn't noted is that when Eisenhower announced the program, he...
  • F-22 (Raptor) Fight Not Over

    07/23/2009 8:46:05 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 774+ views
    Human Events ^ | July 23, 2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee says the battle to fund more than 187 F-22 stealth fighters is not over, even though pro-Raptor forces suffered a stinging defeat in the Senate this week. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California told HUMAN EVENTS the next F-22 war zone is a House-Senate committee conference on defense spending. There, as ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, McKeon will fight to preserve final bill language to provide for 12 more jets, as the House approved...Gen. John Corley, who heads Air Force Air Combat Command in Langley, Va., sent a...
  • F22 to Japan and Israel: A Debt of Honor

    07/22/2009 7:43:14 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 11 replies · 633+ views
    American Thinjer ^ | July 22, 2009 | Ed Timperlake
    America, Israel and Japan are now at a crossroad. America may not be able to sell an export version of the best fighter in the world, the F-22, to Israel and Japan. The reason is the Administration's current insistence on holding fast to a DOD-budgeted production run of F-22s that will stop soon at 187. The harsh reality of stopping F-22 production will be two American allies who are in increasing mortal danger will not have access to the absolute best when they really need America's help. It has been argued that the F-35 is a great substitute for the...
  • Shooting Down The Raptor

    07/21/2009 5:36:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 2,681+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense Spending: The TARP bailout may hit $24 trillion, but the Senate says the F-22 is too expensive to build and maintain. So why are the Japanese so desperate to buy this "unnecessary" Cold War weapon?By a vote of 58-40, the Senate on Tuesday voted to remove $1.75 billion set aside in a defense bill to build seven more F-22 Raptors, adding to the 187 stealth technology fighters already in the pipeline. After some hope the production lines would be kept open, the Senate succumbed to arguments by the administration and others that the fighter was too expensive, too hard...
  • Pork kills: Congress, Secretary Gates and the F-22

    07/18/2009 6:24:01 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 1,137+ views ^ | July 18, 2009 | Luke Johnson
    If a Secretary of Defense cuts an expensive, Cold War-era jet from appropriations, does anyone in Congress notice? The answer is, of course, yes. The jet in question is the F-22, which has never been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. The United States Air Force has 187 of these jets, which cost $250 million each. The plane has reliability problems too, costing upwards of $40,000 for every hour flown and needing 30 hours of maintenance for every hour it flies. It cannot operate for more than 1.7 hours without a critical failure, according to an internal Pentagon report. Some members...
  • Dogfight Over the F-22: Protecting Jobs or the Nation?

    07/15/2009 11:49:05 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 1,025+ views
    Time ^ | July 15, 2009 | By MARK THOMPSON
    Supporters of building more F-22 fighters have their backs against the wall. The President, the Secretary of Defense, the Air Force leadership and the Senate's top military experts have all declared that the U.S. needs no more than the 187 of the $350 million fighters it has already bought. So the F-22's backers are changing their tactics in demanding more planes, relying on arguments from second-tier officers, citing imaginary threats and introducing the most potent argument of all these days: preserving 25,000 well-paying jobs. -snip- Chambliss also sought a letter of support from the chief of the Air National Guard,...
  • F-22 Survival Battle Begins

    07/14/2009 7:43:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 621+ views
    BNET ^ | July 14, 2009 | Matthew Potter
    The Senate began debating the 2010 Defense Budget and a key topic was the continued production of the F-22 Raptor advance fighter. The Obama Administration has recommended ending production of the aircraft at the 187 currently planned. The Air Force had wanted at least forty odd more to meet its requirements but submitted the smaller number with their budget. Both the House and Senate Armed Service Committees included money to continue production. Now that the bill is on the Senate Floor some members are offering amendments to remove it.Obama has actually threatened to veto the budget if it includes...
  • Air Force Association Responds to WP F-22 Article

    07/13/2009 9:09:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies · 1,501+ views ^ | July 14, 2009 | Eric L. Palmer
    Below is the Air Force Association response to a recent Washington Post article that was highly critical of the F-22 program. Just as important; if a supposedly renown paper like the Washington Post gets so much wrong on this topic, what else are they misreporting? Assertion: F-22 maintenance man-hours per flying hour have increased, recently requiring more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour airborne. Facts: The F-22 is required to achieve 12.0 direct maintenance man-hours per flight hour (DMMH/FH) at system maturity, which is defined to be when the F-22 fleet has accumulated 100,000 flight hours. In 2008...
  • Levin: No veto on anticipated on F-22, engine

    07/07/2009 2:38:34 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies · 1,103+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2009, 05:01 PM [ET] | Roxana Tiron
    One of the Senate leaders on defense issues on Tuesday played down the Obama administrations threat to veto a major Pentagon bill over additional Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jets and a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he did not foresee a veto over the authorized funds for seven more F-22s and for a second Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine produced by General Electric and Rolls Royce. The Pentagon did not request any funds for either program for its 2010 budget. I do not foresee...
  • Frank 'vigorously' opposed to F-22 fighter jet

    06/23/2009 1:33:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 1,337+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    The F-22 Raptor, the most advanced fighter jet in the world, is in a dogfight with a tough adversary: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Frank, the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, said Tuesday he is vigorously opposed to Lockheed Martins F-22 fighter jet. Frank has called recent congressional efforts to add more money for the production of the F-22 a major assault on President Obamas efforts to control military spending. Frank is intent on striking $369 million authorized for the procurement of advance materials and items necessary to build 12 additional F-22s. House defense authorizers, in a surprising move, last...
  • Saving The (F-22) Raptor

    06/22/2009 5:32:55 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 26 replies · 2,439+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 22, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Defense: By a narrow margin, a House subcommittee has voted to keep open the F-22 Raptor production line. The future of American air dominance and the fate of the world's most capable fighter hang in the balance.On May 30, with North Korea huffing and puffing about nuclear war, the first of 12 high-tech U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter jets landed at Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. It was just days after North Korea unnerved the region by detonating a nuclear device. There were reasons the F-22 was deployed to Japan. The stealthy, radar-evading fighter jet is...
  • Top General Warns Against Ending F-22 Fighter

    06/18/2009 5:56:23 PM PDT · by Fennie · 22 replies · 1,761+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- A top Air Force general, swerving from the Pentagon leadership, said ending production of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-22 Raptor fighter jet, as proposed by President Barack Obama, posed a high risk to U.S. ability to carry out its current military strategy. "In my opinion, a fleet of 187 F-22s puts execution of our current national military strategy at high risk in the near-to mid-term," Gen. John Corley, head of the Air Combat Command, wrote in a June 9 letter to a senator. "To my knowledge, there are no studies that demonstrate 187 F-22s are adequate to support our...
  • Rep. Abercrombie predicts more F-22 purchases

    06/18/2009 10:47:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 535+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2009 | Roxanna Tiron
    A key House defense authorizer on Thursday predicted that Congress will likely fund as many as 20 more F-22 Raptor fighter jets, despite the Obama administration deciding to put the kibosh on the Lockheed Martin contract after the 187th airplane is delivered. The renewed fight over Lockheeds F-22 comes as a surprise at a time when most lawmakers, contractors and the Air Force have all stopped talking about buying more stealthy, radar-evading fighter jets beyond 187. The final F-22 plane will be delivered by the end of 2011 or early 2012, after which the production line in Marietta, Ga., is...
  • House committee adds $369M for Lockheed's F-22 jet

    06/17/2009 1:15:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 600+ views
    ap on finance Yahoo ^ | 6/17/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-22 program got an unexpected lift Wednesday after House lawmakers approved $369 million to continue production of the radar-evading fighter jets. The surprise amendment, likely to reopen a debate over the necessity of the Cold War planes that cost $140 million each, was approved by the House Armed Services Committee by a vote of 31-30, along party lines. The extra funding was adopted as part of the 2010 Defense Department spending bill mark-up. The bill still needs to make its way through the full House and Senate.
  • [California Congressman] McKeon: F-22 cuts hurt U.S.

    04/10/2009 12:43:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Friday, April 10, 2009. | JAMES RUFUS KOREN
    Cuts to the F-22 Raptor fighter jet program could endanger pilots of other U.S. military jets, U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon said Thursday. Asked about Defense Secretary Robert Gates' recommended cut in the number of F-22s to be built, McKeon said the reductions would kill area jobs and deprive the country of stealthy jets that, in some cases, are the only ones that could accomplish a mission and come back safe. ... The Air Force had requested Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which jointly build the F-22, to produce 60 more of the aircraft but was hoping for a minimum...