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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 »

Spy Plane Ending Its 2 Secretive Years in Space

Air Force's X-37B to complete 3rd secret mission today

(Newser) - Some 673 days after it was launched into space for a secret mission , the Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane is set to return to Earth today—and there's still no word on what it was doing up there. Some rumors say that the robotic mini-space shuttle was... More »

Air Force Rules 'So Help Me God' Optional in Oath

Those enlisting now have the choice to omit the reference to a supreme being

(Newser) - The Air Force says it will now allow men and women taking a service oath to omit the words "so help me God" since an airman in Nevada was recently refused re-enlistment after striking out the words on his paperwork. "We take any instance in which Airmen report... More »

US Spy Plane Dodged Russians —Via Swedish Airspace

US officials report 'incorrect' move

(Newser) - With Russian aircraft nearing, a US reconnaissance plane recently swooped into Swedish airspace, the military says. "The aircraft commander, acting in a professional and safe manner, maneuvered the aircraft to avoid a possible encounter by Russian aircraft," the US European Command says, describing the July 18 incident. The... More »

Body of Boy Found in Air Force Plane's Wheel Well

Stowaway dead, apparently after trip from Africa to Germany

(Newser) - No stowaway miracles this time: The body of an adolescent black male was found hidden in the wheel well of a C-130 US Air Force aircraft that landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, reports Stars and Stripes . It's not clear who the boy is or where he snuck... More »

Explorers Looking for Shipwreck Find Plane

Crew parachuted off plane, hoped plane would crash in remote area

(Newser) - A trio of explorers on the hunt for sunken ships managed to solve a six-decade-old mystery—involving a plane. The group uncovered a US Air Force C-45 plane that crashed in the east end of Lake Ontario on its way to Griffiss Air Force Base near Rome, New York, on... More »

17 Men's Remains Recovered From '50s Plane Crash

Remains spent decades under Alaska glacier

(Newser) - The families of 17 servicemen killed when an Air Force transport plane crashed into an Alaskan mountain in 1952 can now finally bury their loved ones. Wreckage from the Globemaster aircraft was found near Mount Gannett in 2012 after having spent decades buried under the ice of Colony Glacier, and... More »

'Mystery' Planes Seen Streaking Over Texas

Enthusiast says military may be showing wares to Russia

(Newser) - Aviation enthusiasts spotted three mystery planes over Amarillo, Texas, earlier this month, and buzzed online about what they had seen, Fox News reports. Initially they thought B-2 Bombers had flown by on the afternoon of March 10, but the aircraft lacked the B-2's W-shaped back. They "loosely resembled"... More »

Helicopter Crash Kills 4 Air Force Members

Pave Hawk goes down in Britain during training

(Newser) - A US Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter has crashed in the coastal marshes of eastern England during a training mission, killing all four crew members aboard, officials said. The helicopter crashed about 6pm local time near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast. The aircraft was based at the nearby Royal Air... More »

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