Tuesday, October 27


From My Post, "Still Unloved"

Some know that I worked at Northrop for many years. Nearly 25 years ago, Northrop lost the "ATF" fighter competition to a combination of what is now Lockheed Martin and Boeing. I watched Dick Cheney make the announcement at 1:20 PM on April 23, 1991, live on CNN. It really hurt a lot. We put up signs around the area that said "Will Design the World's Most Advanced Fighter Jet for Food."

Today, we were redeemed.

News announcement in the Seattle Times, HERE. The LA Times announced it HERE. This is the largest contract award in at least a decade and perhaps in a generation.

In contrast to 1991, I did not see anything on CNN about the award, and even HLN had Nancy Grace on.

While I feel badly for Boeing, redemption is sweet. Jack Northrop and TV Jones are probably both smiling from their graves.


recumbent conspiracy theorist said...


I worked on B-52s in the Air Force '89-93. Weapons loading and release systems tech. Used to watch a T 38 training wing fly out of Fairchild AFB in Spokane. A lot of noise came out of those little jets.

Steve A said...

T38 was my first assignment when I went to work for Northrop.

GreenComotion said...

I see the banner has reverted back to the one from Sanger (was it?)!
I am ready to have coffee with you :)
Have a Good One!
Peace :)

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