So Long, F-22 Raptor... We Hardly Knew Ye

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Pentagon will end the F-22 fighter jet and presidential helicopter programs run by Lockheed Martin Corp. Military analysts widely expected the radar-evading supersonic jet -- considered an outdated weapon system designed for the Cold War -- would not go beyond the 187 already planned. The planes cost $140 million each. But Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed, the nation's largest defense contractor, has said almost 95,000 jobs could be at stake if the Pentagon didn't buy more of the planes. The new fleet of presidential helicopters -- with a price tag of $11.2 billion that was nearly double the original budget-- also were considered at risk to be cut in the 2010 budget.

  • Alex 7y

    Wow, this looks like it must have been hard to capture on camera! Nice job!
  • Jeff Clow 7y

    Excellent piece of photo work.....
  • Kevin Trotman 7y

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments.
  • furaniello 7y

    Veramente bella.
  • the things i see (again) 7y

  • slick1ru2 7y

    Looks like you had more moisture in the air Sat. then Sunday. Great shot!
  • lucie 7y

    whaou !
  • vbsuresh 7y

  • barleymashers 7y

    Talk about speed! Amazing shot.
    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • chase 7y

    My dad helped design it for Lockheed Martin, great plane. Can't wait for the Lightning to fly though...Great shot!
  • Tommy Simms 7y

    Man, that is awesome!!
  • Kevin Trotman 6y

    It's too bad they're canceling the program... I hope the men and women at the Marietta plant find a job without too much trouble.
  • Bill 6y

    Planes like this can save money since they take less support from a 'strike package' of other aircraft. Lets hope they are planning well and not cutting corners.
  • mister wombat 6y

    i think they should repaint some and
    use them as the next "Thunderbirds"
  • Roadsidepictures 6y

    That's one amazing shot, Kevin!!

    It's sad to hear so many people will be out of a job. 95,000 is a large number and the community will feel the effects.
  • Neuköln 6y

    95,000 is indeed huge; interesting calculations. how much of the money saved on not buying the aircraft would be sunk into welfare payments? this is where the economist really gets his work cut out for him...
  • Brett Weinstein 6y

    Awesome - great timing on the shot.

    It always amazes me that military projects get as far over-budget as they usually do... you'd think they'd figure out how to supervise that by now...
  • Vincenzo Giordano 6y

    Wonderful shot!!!!
  • The Photographer-Thomas Camp 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ALL AVIATION PHOTOS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • blablablablablablalblablbabla 5y

    beautiful shot
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