LOS ANGELES – Spending money on a new generation of manned reconnaissance planes is certain to be controversial in an era of billion-dollar spy satellites and tight military budgets.
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, VA. – At age 31, Capt. Glen Gentile has a job that a lot of Americans fantasize about. An Air Force fighter pilot, he spends his days pushing his F-15 Eagle to the edge of its supersonic capability. But while Gentile enjoys the excitement of speeding through the skies faster than sound, he and others like him have begun to tire of the demands of leadership in the post-Cold War world.
LONDON – For decades, workers at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Texas built F-16 fighters that could shoot down Soviet MiGs. But coming changes in NATO now have the defense giant scrambling to sell its fighters to old foes.
MOSCOW – The possibility that the Russians are preparing to field a new, more sophisticated fighter has caught the attention of senior Air Force officers in the Pentagon and ranking lawmakers on Capitol Hill.