Panetta steps into F-22 fighter controversy, orders new flight restrictions on prized fighter

  • Article by: ROBERT BURNS , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 15, 2012 - 4:58 PM
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jds275May. 15, 12 6:00 PM

Why in the world is this considered public information. This stuff should be kept secret and dealt with.

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truthtopowerMay. 15, 12 6:13 PM

jds275, it's public money paying for it, it's American citizens who have to fly the stupid things, and do you really think secrecy matters here? The people who spy on the US knew about the issue long before the SecDef found out.

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arielbenderMay. 15, 12 7:18 PM

What a boondoggle. This plane is designed for an enemy that no longer exists.

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pipdipchipMay. 15, 12 7:41 PM

jds275, this is news because two F-22 pilots were on 60 Minutes two weeks ago talking about their concerns. Even if it hadn't been, I'm not sure why this wouldn't be public information. Nothing secret is being discussed... arielbender, what's your point? That we shouldn't have an advanced fighter because right now no enemy exists? That we should drop behind in fighter technology because right now there isn't an immediate threat? That's the kind of dangerous talk that will get us in trouble in the future.

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davehougMay. 15, 12 8:30 PM

I feel uneasy by selling our best equipment to a country in the middle-east. Leaders come and go and some of the replacements may choose to sell the most advanced fighter to the highest bidder.

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dorkeemnMay. 15, 12 8:52 PM

If I were the Air Force I wouldn't be retiring my F-15's anytime soon... Navy had better hold onto their F-18's too...

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arielbenderMay. 15, 12 9:05 PM

pipdipchipMay. 15, 12 7:41 PM jds275, this is news because two F-22 pilots were on 60 Minutes two weeks ago talking about their concerns. Even if it hadn't been, I'm not sure why this wouldn't be public information. Nothing secret is being discussed... arielbender, what's your point? That we shouldn't have an advanced fighter because right now no enemy exists? That we should drop behind in fighter technology because right now there isn't an immediate threat? That's the kind of dangerous talk that will get us in trouble in the future.____________Oh please, each of these planes cost $412 million each and has never seen a day of combat. What was the most reliable aircraft used against Iraq? The A-10...a 1970's airframe. We're so far ahead of everyone in fighter technology, it isn't even close. The F15, F18, f117 are all fine aircraft. The days of an escalating arms race between superpowers is over.

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ezekial392May. 16, 12 7:37 AM

I AM "VERY" CONCERNED That the US has two + squadrons of F-22's stationed close to Iran... I would hate to see us lose one over iran (china, russia). The lose of the stealth drone was a disaster. Obama could have ordered the destruction of the downed drone (which sat on ground for several days), but refused... What was he thinking??

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dorkeemnMay. 16, 1210:33 AM

@davehoug - nowhere in the article does it say we are selling this to anyone - we are the only customer for it. The planes that are being deployed in the UAE are US planes, flown and maintained by US military staff. We learned our lesson about selling leading edge tech in the 70's when Carter sold 49 F-14's to Iran - along with training the pilots and crews. Fortunately for us the F-14 was a high maintenance machine and as of a few years ago fewer than 24 of the orginal order to Iran are still airworthy.

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evldedMay. 16, 12 1:03 PM

@dorkeemn: No we didn't learn any lessons. We never do. Look up what happened to the patriot missile tech we supplied Israel in the first gulf war.

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