Stealth Aircraft Technology

The subcommittee heard testimony on the feasibility and cost of stealth airplane technology in America’s aerial… read more

The subcommittee heard testimony on the feasibility and cost of stealth airplane technology in America’s aerial defense. Airplanes with stealth technology are designed to enter enemy airspace without being detected by enemy radar. The B-2 warplane and the F-117 fighter plane both contain stealth technology, and the F-117 was reported to be a valuable asset for coalition air forces during the Persian Gulf war. However, the B-2 bomber is expensive, costing nearly a billion dollars apiece. The Department of Defense requested $9.2 billion to build 11 B-2 bombers in the next two years. Lt. Gen. Horner, who planned and led the air war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf war, strongly supported the construction of B-2 “stealth” bombers, saying emphatically that he would have used B-2 bombers in the Persian Gulf war had they been available. Lt. Col. Getchell showed and discussed a videotape of night bombings of Iraq taken from the nose of the bombers during the Persian Gulf war. close

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  • Butler, Lee Commander in Chief (Retired) U.S. Air Force->Strategic Air Command
  • Getchell, Ralph Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Air Force
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Stealth Aircraft Technology

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Program ID:
17772-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 30, 1991
Last Aired:
May 5, 1991

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  • Apr 30, 1991 | 8:35pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 01, 1991 | 3:34am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 03, 1991 | 12:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 05, 1991 | 10:50am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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