Friday, May 4, 2012
There is an issue I’d like to bring to your attention -- the recent ABC news story on the F-22. The HQ of AFA has responded to the news with a note from me to you, to the press, and to the Hill. [For reference, see: http://www.afa.org/PresidentsCorner/Notes/2012/Notes_5-3-12.pdf]
a. I received an overwhelming response to the note … and estimate more than half a million people saw it. Thank you to those of you who forwarded the note for doing so.
b. I want to correct one small element in the above note – the F-18 and F-22 oxygen systems are similar but not the same. Still the Navy has had many, many incidences with its system.
c. Today, I sent a letter to the President of ABC News, complaining about the lack of balance in his story. You can find the letter at: http://www.afa.org/EdOp/2012/ABC%20F-22%20response.pdf
d. The Air Force has just come out with a press statement. You can find it at (and the blog post below): http://www.afa.org/EdOp/2012/AF%20Statement%20in%20response%20to%20ABC's%20F-22%20coverage.pdf
e. Some of you might recall the F-22 accident in Alaska that was referenced in the ABC News piece. It is available on line at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/75789619/F-22CrashReport
Finally, many of you expressed the opinion that Sen McCain’s words were … well … deplorable. You found him to be poking fun at the Airmen who fly and fight in defense of our nation. I will not comment further … other than I found his claim that the F-22 was only good for fly-bys to be unprofessional for such a distinguished patriot.
For your consideration.
MikeMichael M. Dunn