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

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    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 Military analysts widely expected the radar-evading supersonic jet -- considered an outdated weapon system designed for the Cold War -- would not go beyond the 187 already planned.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.

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    1. Alejandra Maria 78 months ago | reply

      Wow, this looks like it must have been hard to capture on camera! Nice job!

    2. Jeff Clow 78 months ago | reply

      Excellent piece of photo work.....

    3. The Rocketeer 78 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments.

    4. furaniello 78 months ago | reply

      Veramente bella.
      Complimenti!

    5. the things i see (again) [deleted] 78 months ago | reply

      please add to 500 friends exhibition

    6. slick1ru2 78 months ago | reply

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

    7. geo_wyatt 78 months ago | reply

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

    8. Tommy Simms 78 months ago | reply

      Man, that is awesome!!

    9. The Rocketeer 73 months ago | reply

      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.

    10. Mystery 770 73 months ago | reply

      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.

    11. mister wombat 73 months ago | reply

      i think they should repaint some and
      use them as the next "Thunderbirds"

    12. Roadsidepictures 73 months ago | reply

      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.

    13. Neuköln 73 months ago | reply

      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...

    14. Nrbelex 72 months ago | reply

      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...

    15. Vincenzo Giordano 70 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!!!!

    16. The Photographer-Thomas Camp 62 months ago | reply

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

    17. blablablablablablalblablbabla [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot

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