U.S.

March 23, 2012

News Briefs March 22, 2012

F-22 fighter jets retrofitted after Alaska crash

The Air Force is replacing handles that engage the F-22 Raptor fighter jet’s emergency oxygen system after numerous reports of pilots reporting feeling light-headedness.

The move comes after the 2010 death of pilot Capt. Jeffrey Haney when his stealth fighter crashed 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Haney’s widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit that claims the plane’s onboard oxygen delivery system is defective.

The lawsuit says the manual activation mechanism for the backup system is underneath and behind the pilot that’s impossible to reach while flying at supersonic speeds.

The Air Force’s entire fleet was placed on temporary stand-down last summer after pilots reported lightheadedness and other symptoms consistent with them not receiving enough oxygen.

F-22s are based in Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Virginia, New Mexico and Florida. AP

 

Lockheed Martin gives new life to Alaska Aerospace

In the span of a few days, the Alaska Aerospace Corporation went from left for dead to ready for primetime.

Kodiak Republican Rep. Alan Austerman wondered aloud in late February whether the state-owned enterprise would fold and have its assets liquidated. But just a couple days later, Lockheed Martin announced it was tapping the Kodiak Launch Complex as its West Coast facility for Athena rockets.

Around $25 million of state funds will go to up-front construction costs, but the deal is expected to draw around $100 million with Lockheed Martin arranging satellite launches.

Gov. Sean Parnell has requested the funds needed, but the Legislature still needs to approve it.

Parnell thinks the contract could be a catalyst for the aerospace industry statewide. AP




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines May 20, 2015

News: Top secret X-37B space plane blasts off on fourth mission - One of the most mysterious craft ever to go into orbit blasted off on a top secret mission this morning.   Business: R&D budget request rises for U.S. Special Operations - The leadership of U.S. Special Operations Command said the force and its acquisitions –...
 
 

News Briefs May 20, 2015

North Korea ‘many years’ from developing submarine missile A top U.S. military officer says North Korea is many years away from being able to launch ballistic missiles from a submarine. But vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, said May 19 such missiles could eventually present a hard-to-detect danger to...
 
 
Boeing photograph

Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Boeing photograph A French AWACS aircraft patrols the skies as part of a routine mission. The French AWACS fleet is in the midst of the Mid-Life Upgrade that modernizes the capabilities on board. Initial operating capability of...
 

 
CAE photograph

MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, simi...
 
 
boeing-E4B

Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service. It was the first E-4B servi...
 
 
Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds

Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

A Special Olympics athlete is presented a medal by TSgt. Roger Rouse, assistant NCOIC at F-35 Avionics. More than 300 athletes and 80 military personnel participated in the event at Palmdale High School. Sincerely appreciated, ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>