F-14 Fatcat

Ognibene, Peter J.
August 1973
New Republic;8/11/73, Vol. 169 Issue 6, p13
Focuses on the breaking up of contract acquired by the Grumman Corp. to manufacture F-14 military airplanes for the U.S. Navy. Number of airplanes ordered; Claim by the company that it is making loss in the contract; Dispute over the cost of the airplanes; Compromise between the navy and the company; View that, by freeing Grumman from its contractual obligations, the navy will have to pay higher prices for each additional lot of F-14s; Deliberation on steps that U.S. Congress might take; Implication of the decision of the House Armed Services Committee to cut the budget for the F-15 air superiority fighter; Opinion that there is a possibility that the Pentagon might cut the F-14 program; Report of the General Accounting Office on the problems facing this F-14 plan; Question on reliability of the plane.


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