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'This Is Intolerable': Air Force Fires Woman in Viral Video

Tabitha Duncan, 20, is getting booted from the Air Force

(Newser) - A Missouri woman who was booted from the Air Force for appearing in a racist Snapchat video says she "was drunk" and needs "to seek help," the Air Force Times reports. Tabitha Duncan, 20, appeared in the recent video driving along a dark road with others who... More »

Air Force Apologizes for Yanny-Laurel Tweet

Linking viral video to Afghanistan was 'in poor taste'

(Newser) - The Air Force has apologized for bringing the "Laurel or Yanny" debate into an update on a battle in Afghanistan. "Taliban Forces in Farah city #Afghanistan would much rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the deafening #BRRRT they got courtesy of our #A10," the Air Force... More »

FBI: Why Did Guy Drive Flaming Van Into Air Force Base?

Personnel initially thought it was an accident

(Newser) - Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major Northern California Air Force Base this week, the AP reports. Hafiz Kazi,... More »

As 'Vigilant Ace' Begins, North Korea Has Harsh Words

US, South Korea launch biggest-ever combined air exercises

(Newser) - Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile ever , an ICBM that may be able to target the eastern... More »

Trump Order Lifts Limits on Military 'Unretirements'

Move addresses serious Air Force pilot shortage

(Newser) - A lot of retired Air Force pilots are likely to find themselves called back to service under an executive order signed by President Trump Friday. The order lifts limits on calling retired military officers back to service under the terms of the state of national emergency that has been in... More »

US Bombers Buzz North Korea in Show of Force

Move was unprecedented in 21st century

(Newser) - In a move unprecedented in recent years, US Air Force bombers and fighter jets flew into international airspace east of North Korea on Saturday, Reuters reports. The Pentagon says it was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea the US has flown in the 21st... More »

Air Force Pilot With 6 Degrees Killed in Nevada Crash

Lt. Col. Eric Schultz died Tuesday

(Newser) - A US Air Force pilot has died of injuries suffered in an aircraft crash at a training range about 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada, base officials say. A brief statement released Friday by Nellis officials said the crash that killed Lt. Col. Eric Schultz... More »

SpaceX Sends Mysterious Air Force Minishuttle Into Orbit

It's the 5th minishuttle flight, but their missions remain a secret

(Newser) - SpaceX launched the Air Force's super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit, the AP reports. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, as schools and businesses boarded up for Hurricane Irma. It's the fifth flight for... More »

Russian Jet Comes so Close to US Jet Pilot Can Be Seen

US releases photos of 'unsafe" Russian jet intercept

(Newser) - The US European Command has released dramatic photos of a Russian jet coming within a few feet of a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea in a maneuver that has been criticized as unsafe. The AP reports the photographs released Friday show the Russian SU-27 coming so... More »

Base Grounds F-35s After Pilots Starved of Oxygen

Luke Air Force Base in Arizona is investigating

(Newser) - The Air Force has temporarily stopped flying F-35 fighter jets at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona in response to a series of incidents in which pilots reported symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, reports the AP . Air Force spokesman Capt. Mark Graff said the grounding of 55 of the... More »

Air Force Launches Missile That Could Carry Nuke Across World

It's the second such launch in 7 days

(Newser) - An unarmed missile capable of sending a nuclear bomb across the world was launched Wednesday from a California military base amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea. The unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile blasted off from a silo at 12:02am from Vandenberg Air Force Base and... More »

Osan Air Base Should Be on Your Radar. It's on North Korea's

It's fewer than 50 miles from the DMZ, and thousands of Americans are there

(Newser) - Osan Air Base may not be a name you're familiar with, but it's a US Air Force base that sits in a prime location: fewer than 50 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. If that's not enough to get your attention, this... More »

Air Force General Loses 2 Stars Over Sex Misconduct

Former Gen. Arthur Lichte's retirement pay cut to about $13K a month

(Newser) - The Air Force has stripped a retired general of two stars for having a sexual relationship with a lower-ranking female officer before he left the service. Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte retired in January 2010. But following an investigation into a complaint filed by a former subordinate, the Air Force... More »

Air Force Chief Warns of 'Critical' Personnel Shortage

He's going to ask Trump for at least 33K more airmen

(Newser) - The US Air Force "got too small too fast and we've got to grow," says the service's top officer, who wants to expand the force by at least 33,000 airmen in the years to come. "We're at a risk level I’m not... More »

Body of Pilot Killed in Iraq Returns Home After 10 Years

Major Troy Gilbert was killed while fighting insurgents in 2006

(Newser) - "I do know one prayer I'm not going to pray tonight," Kaye Gilbert tells KVUE . "I'm not going to pray for my son to come home because he is home." The body of Major Troy Gilbert returned to the US last week nearly 10... More »

1 Air Force Pilot Killed, 1 Hurt in Spy Plane Crash in Calif.

U-2 spy plane crashed in Sutter Buttes mountain range

(Newser) - The US Air Force says one pilot was killed and another injured when they ejected from a U-2 spy plane shortly before it crashed in Northern California, the AP reports. Military officials say the aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Beale Air Force Base on a training mission around... More »

25-Year-Old Airman Found Dead in Her Room in UAE

Anais Tobar was deployed to help fight ISIS; cause of death hasn't been released

(Newser) - An Air Force lieutenant who was sent to the United Arab Emirates to help take on the Islamic State has died at the age of 25, the Miami Herald reports. The Air Force Times IDs her as 1st Lt. Anais A. Tobar, per a Department of Defense press release , which... More »

US Air Force Searches for Airman Who's Missing in Italy

Staff Sgt. Halex Hale disappeared after leaving a friend's cookout

(Newser) - The US Air Force is searching for an airman from Indiana who vanished last week in Italy, the AP reports. The Air Force issued an all-points bulletin Friday for Staff Sgt. Halex Hale. The 24-year-old from Middletown is assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, about 50... More »

Refueling Crew Saves US Pilot Over ISIS Territory

F-16's fuel system had a glitch that would've been bad news if he'd had to eject

(Newser) - An F-16 fighter pilot's aircraft suffered a fuel system malfunction at perhaps the worst possible time—flying over ISIS-held territory—but the crew of a military refueling tanker stuck with him, likely saving his life, the Air Force Times reports. "Knowing the risks to their own safety, they... More »

Hero of Va. Tech Massacre Receives Highest Honor

Air Force Cadet Matthew La Porte died charging shooter Seung Hui Cho

(Newser) - On April 16, 2007, Matthew La Porte was in his French class at Virginia Tech as Seung Hui Cho attempted to force his way inside, armed. La Porte's teacher told the students to hide at the back of the classroom, but La Porte, a 20-year-old Air Force cadet, ran... More »

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