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F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet Removed from Obama Speech

December 14, 2009

Last week Obama pulled this stunt:

Exclusive: Obama insisted F-22 be removed from his speech venue

When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hangar. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn’t want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.

“White House aides actually made them remove the F-22-said they would not allow POTUS to be pictured with the F-22 in any way, shape, or form,” one source close to the unit relayed.

Stephen Lee, a public affairs officer at Elmendorf, confirmed to The Cable that the F-22 was parked in the hangar and then was replaced by an F-15 at the White House’s behest.

Obama was key to having the F-22 program killed, so it is understandable why he would not want to be photographed in front of one. However, many in the Air Force family are very distressed by his position that was pushed by Gates, the traitor, because the F-22 is our only 5th generation aircraft. (Did you know that Gates required a signed loyalty oath from all who work for him? This is a first.) Our enemies are actively developing 5th generation aircraft, and we now have only about 187 of these planes.

the program started 20 years ago at 750 aircraft and was eventually whittled down to 187. An effort to preserve the production line with 7 more aircraft was rebuffed by Obama and Gates last summer, so there will never be any more F-22s, which was the top fighter jet in the world. So the irony of Obama’s game of hide and seek with the Airmen who fly these marvelous aircraft is tragic.

In a future conflict we will be at a severe disadvantage. The F-22 is criticized as costing too much per airplane. But this is a numbers game. The more aircraft you buy, as was planned, the cheaper the cost per aircraft. Because the program was cut back in numbers, the unit cost has increased. My point is that at every turn Obama is doing things that weaken our country, instead of strengthening it.

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Shooting Down The F-22 Raptor

July 22, 2009

Shooting Down The Raptor

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 22 July 2009

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?


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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 to maintain and not built for the wars America is fighting these days.

President Obama welcomed the Senate vote, saying he rejected the notion that the country has to “waste billions of taxpayers dollars” on outdated defense projects.

Well, the inspector general in charge of overseeing the Treasury Department’s bank-bailout program now says the massive endeavor could end up costing taxpayers almost $24 trillion in a worst-case scenario. Yet we can’t afford to build just seven more F-22s?

Keeping the F-22 production lines open would be a real stimulus saving real jobs. Lockheed Martin, the main contractor, says 25,000 people are directly employed in building the plane, and another 70,000 have indirect links, particularly in Georgia, Texas and California. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., a supporter of the program, says there are 1,000 suppliers in 44 states. That’s wasteful?

Speaking to the Economic Club of Chicago last Friday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates repeated his assertion that “the F-22 is clearly a capability we do need — a niche, silver-bullet solution for one or two potential scenarios — specifically the defeat of a highly advanced enemy fighter fleet.”

But the “F-22, to be blunt, does not make much sense anyplace else in the spectrum of conflict,” he added.

Air dominance is not a “niche scenario,” and while we’re lucky the Taliban does not have an Air Force, other potential opponents do. It would prove quite useful over the skies of North Korea, if necessary, or in thwarting a Chinese threat in the Taiwan Straits. Gates forgets that it was high-tech “Cold War” weapons such as the stealthy F-111A that shattered Saddam Hussein’s air defenses and infrastructure and controlled the skies during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael M. Dunn, chief executive of the Air Force Association, notes that in last year’s conflict in Georgia, the Raptor was the only aircraft in our inventory that could have penetrated the defended airspace and had a chance of surviving.

The F-22 Raptor is also perhaps the only plane that could evade the sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system Russia has contracted to sell Iran. Russia’s S-300 system is “one of the most lethal, if not the most lethal, all-altitude area defense” systems, according to the International Strategy and Assessment Service, a Virginia-based think tank.

Gates and the Pentagon prefer the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But many believe its lesser abilities have been further compromised by making it a one-size-fits-all aircraft for all services in all conflicts.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., in whose state final assembly occurs, says, “The F-35 was designed to operate after F-22s secure the airspace and does not have the inherent altitude and speed advantages to survive every time against peers with counter-electronic measures.”

In an interview with Human Events, Japanese ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said Tokyo wants F-22s to replace its aging F-4s and F-15s. Japan is facing an increasingly capable and unstable North Korea armed with nuclear weapons and the weapons to carry them. It also confronts a future superpower in China, with which it has territorial disputes.

Japan wants the F-22 to deal with both threats. It will soon have to deal with fifth-generation Chinese fighter aircraft and aircraft carriers to carry them. Japan is wise to prefer the F-22, which can fly 300 to 400 mph faster and two miles higher than the F-35.

We would be too.

F-22 photos:


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IMPORTANT: Saving The F-22 Raptor

June 23, 2009

WHERE ARE AMERICANS IN CONGRESS?

WHERE ARE THE PATRIOTS?

IS EVERYONE IN CONGRESS BLIND?

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Saving The Raptor

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 23 June 2009

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.


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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 quite simply the best aircraft of its kind in the world. It can slice through enemy air defenses and clear the skies of enemy planes virtually undetected. So why aren’t we building more than we have?

That was the question asked last week when the House Armed Services Air and Land Forces Subcommittee voted 31-30 to add $369 million for the production of an additional 12 F-22s to keep assembly lines open while a debate over the need for the jet reopens.

Subcommittee Chairman Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat from Hawaii, which might be the target of a North Korean Taepodong-2 missile on or about July 4, thinks we should buy at least 20 more.

The Japanese wanted to buy 200 F-22s to counter the North Korean and Chinese threats. The Air Force’s original plans were for 750 F-22 Raptors to replace an aging F-15 Eagle fleet that was recently grounded after one disintegrated from old age in flight. Now the Japanese will get none, and we will get no more.

Production of the Raptor was capped at 187 in the defense cuts slated for the 2010 budget, with the last aircraft to be delivered in late 2011 or early 2012 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates argues we can’t afford to build the F-22 and the F-35 Joint Strike fighter and that we have all the F-22s we need. So he’s dumping the F-22 in favor of the cheaper F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, although it’s vastly inferior in air-to-air combat and ground defense penetration.

Gates and F-22 critics have acted as if the planes are interchangeable. They are not. The Raptor is designed as an air superiority fighter. The F-35, as its description implies, is designed for ground attack. It does not have Mach 1.5 supercruise capability or high-altitude vectored maneuvering.

During exercises in Alaska in 2006, 12 Raptors “downed” 108 adversaries without losing a single F-22. In a test of its ground-attack capabilities, a Raptor dropped a 1,000-pound JDAM precision guided bomb and struck a moving target 24 miles away.

Gates argues that wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown the need for such high-tech weapons are over. But not every potential enemy is armed only with an AK-47 and a copy of the Quran. Some are trying to shoot ballistic missiles at us.

The F-22 is perhaps the only plane that could evade the sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missile-defense system Russia has contracted to sell Iran. The S-300 is “one of the most lethal, if not the most lethal, all-altitude area defense” systems, says the International Strategy and Assessment Service, a Virginia-based think tank.

Policy analyst Michael Fumento notes “the newer S-400 system, already deployed, is far better able to detect low-signature targets at far greater distances” than the S-300. “Only the F-22 can survive in airspace defended by increasingly capable surface-to-air missiles,” declared Air Force Association President Mike Dunn in December.

“In my opinion, a fleet of (only) 187 F-22s puts execution of our current national military strategy at high risk in the near to midterm,” Gen. John Crowley, head of Air Combat Command, wrote in a June 9 letter to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Republican from Georgia, where the plane undergoes final assembly.

Building the F-22 aids our economic as well as national security. Remember all those jobs President Obama wanted to create or save? At stake are America’s continued air dominance and 95,000 highly paid and highly skilled jobs in 44 states.

Defending America should be job one.