November 11, 2003 |
A civilian aircraft flew within 10 miles of the White House yesterday, violating restricted airspace and prompting the Secret Service to hustle Vice President Cheney to an undisclosed location. President Bush and his wife, Laura, were away at the time. Federal law enforcement and aviation officials said the single-engine, four-seat Mooney probably ventured into the restricted area by accident. But in the post-9/11 environment, the Secret Service was not taking any chances.
April 4, 1991 |
It seemed so unreal that Maj. Robert Dean Ashenfelter - a Sunday school teacher, Eagle Scout and Air National Guard pilot - could have died when his F-16 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while on a training mission Tuesday. His mother awoke yesterday, on Robert's 37th birthday, and said it was like a bad dream. "I said, 'It isn't a dream,' " recalled her husband, Donald. "It's for real and forever, so let's make the best of it. " On Tuesday, New Jersey Air National Guard officials had notified Ashenfelter's family that his plane had crashed and that he was believed dead.
September 2, 1992 |
With threatened jobs in politically sensitive states at stake, President Bush is expected to announce an end to a decade-old ban on the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan today while on a campaign swing through Texas. Bush's announcement, which could avert massive layoffs by General Dynamics Corp. in Fort Worth, would be the third such action this week. On Monday, Bush delivered tank contracts to the industrial Midwest. Yesterday, he ordered the rebuilding of a hurricane-ravaged Air Force base in Florida that had been a candidate to be closed.
June 15, 1999 |
The idea was born simply enough, during a meandering conversation over a few beers at the Red Stallion, a Warminster watering hole. Two engineers, colleagues at the nearby Naval Air Warfare Center, wondered whether it would be possible to arm an F-16 fighter jet with four precision-guided "smart" weapons instead of just two. For Bill Meiklejohn and Edwin McGlynn, founders of M. Technologies Inc., the answer on pursuing the project came late last...
September 1, 2000 |
A battered and bruised New Jersey Air National Guard pilot who ejected from his crippled F-16 jet fighter over the ocean here yesterday before stunned beachgoers was in good condition last night after being rescued. The pilot was on a training exercise when his engine quit over land about 3:29 p.m. Officials said he had wanted to land the plane but decided he could not make it to a landing strip. "He was sorry he couldn't do better, but there wasn't much he could do," said Lt. Col. Mike Cosby, operations group commander in the New Jersey Air National Guard.
November 9, 2004 |
An Ocean County intermediate school that was mistakenly strafed Wednesday night by a National Guard fighter jet reopened yesterday as the military tried to determine why the pilot's cannon fire had strayed from a Pine Barrens target range. Students and teachers had a normal day of classes and seemed unaffected, said Allan Bossard, principal of the Little Egg Harbor Township Intermediate School. At least five 20mm cannon rounds from the F-16 penetrated the school's roof and the ceilings of two classrooms and a storage area about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, he said.
November 22, 2004 |
I hate to say I told you so, but I warned you that the Bush administration would attack New Jersey. On Jan. 1, I wrote a column giving my predictions for the new year. I predicted that President Bush, upon losing New Jersey in the election Nov. 2, would order federal troops to invade the state Nov. 3 to seize our reserves of cheap gasoline. What actually happened Nov. 3 was that an F-16 fighter jet took off from a military base near Washington, flew to New Jersey, and strafed a school in Ocean County.
March 4, 1987 |
The Israeli general staff has proposed abandoning Israel's effort to build the Lavi jet fighter, saying it would be less expensive to buy U.S.-made warplanes, the Jerusalem Post said yesterday. Israel and the United States are at loggerheads over the development of the Lavi, which Washington says Jerusalem cannot afford. Development so far has cost $1.3 billion, most coming from U.S. aid. Israel currently receives about $1.8 billion a year in U.S. military aid. The Post story, quoting "very well-placed sources," said the Israeli Defense Forces' general staff had recommended buying the latest F-16 jet fighter from the United States and using the money saved from the Lavi project to fund other military programs.
August 22, 1990 |
The thunderous sound of high-powered aircraft acted as a pied piper to 130 young men and women who participated in an Air Force enlistment ceremony Thursday just after the famed Thunderbirds performed a series of aerial maneuvers. "I had a few second thoughts before I got here today, but after seeing and hearing the planes, I knew this is what I want to do," said Nina Griswold, 18, of Pemberton Township. "Looking up in the sky and seeing this makes me realize what I have to look forward to," she said.
April 4, 1986 |
From the same Air Force that has introduced taxpayers to the $9,600 wrench, the $7,600 coffee pot, the $600 toilet seat and the $500 hammer, there comes good news. The 84-cent washer. But with the good news comes bad news. The washers are flawed, and their failure could cause a jet fighter to crash. So the Air Force has recalled some warplanes. Just like all those high-priced items that the Air Force couldn't do without, the 84-cent washer plays a vital role in America's defense.