HONOLULU — President Barack Obama has begun his annual winter vacation in Hawaii.The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia landed in Honolulu shortly before midnight local time. Their two dogs, Sunny and Bo,...
Date: 12/21/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force's new long-range bomber may cost as much as $81 billion for the 100 planes planned, 47 percent more than the $55 billion sticker price the service has listed.The Air Force based its estimate of $550 million per plane on the value of the dollar in...
Date: 12/08/2013 | Nation & World
SPOKANE -- Court documents filed in the case of a driver accused of crashing through a chain-link perimeter fence at Fairchild Air Force Base say the woman told troopers she had been inhaling keyboard cleaner fumes before the crash.The vehicle...
Date: 12/02/2013 | Northwest
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force is grappling with how to manage a potential glut of drones and may eventually scale back the number of combat missions flown with unmanned aircraft by more than 25 percent, the service's top commander said Wednesday.
Date: 11/14/2013 | Nation & World
DENVER — Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say "so help me God" at the end of the Honor Oath, school officials said Friday.The words were made optional after a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an...
Date: 10/25/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
Date: 10/11/2013 | Nation & World
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- While one Colorado town's drone-hunting proposal has drawn national attention, lesser known is a keen competition by counties across the state to win federal approval to host civilian drone testing.
Date: 09/29/2013 | Nation & World
'Housing the ninety-nine' seeks to aid homeless vets
Date: 09/22/2013 | Local News
LONDON -- A U.S. hydrogen bomb nearly detonated on the nation's east coast, with a single switch averting a blast which would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that flattened Hiroshima, a newly published book says.In a recently declassified document, reported...
Date: 09/21/2013 | Nation & World
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The head of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce does not support moving a fighter squadron from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Date: 09/08/2013 | Northwest
The Boeing Co. and the Air Force announced Wednesday that they have reached agreement on the final design of the
Date: 09/05/2013 | Business
The Boeing Co. and the U.S. Air Force today announced they have reached agreement on the final design of the
Date: 09/04/2013 | Aerospace Blog
For Air Force Capt. Daniel "Swoop" Welch, flying a B-52 bomber has become the family business.His father, retired Lt. Col. Don Welch, was trained to drop nuclear bombs with the aircraft during the height of the Cold War. His grandfather, retired Col. Don Sprague, flew B-52...
Date: 08/22/2013 | Business
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana on Monday, but its four crew members survived after ejecting from the South Dakota-based aircraft, Air Force officials said.
Date: 08/19/2013 | Northwest
LOS ANGELES — Help wanted: At least 130 veteran military aviators for nine-year commitment to fly fighter jets.Salary: Pay range $34,500 to $97,400. Plus good benefits and a $225,000 signing bonus — guaranteed.
Date: 07/25/2013 | Nation & World
EVERETT -- U.S. Air Force officials last week conducted a final review of the KC-46A tanker program but have yet to give Boeing the OK to begin full production at Paine Field.
Date: 07/18/2013 | Business
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II jets will be flying over Boise starting Tuesday while U.S. Air Force ground personnel are in the city calling in simulated airstrikes in an urban environment.
Date: 07/13/2013 | Northwest
LOS ANGELES -- The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency once again missed hitting its desired target during flight test of an interceptor missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara.
Date: 07/06/2013 | Nation & World
SPOKANE -- Officials from Washington expressed disappointment Wednesday that Fairchild Air Force Base was not chosen as the first home of the Air Force's new aerial refueling tankers.
Date: 05/22/2013 | Northwest
SPOKANE -- The Air Force could announce as early as Wednesday where it plans to base the next generation of air refueling tankers.Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane is one of four candidates to receive the new KC-46A tankers, which will be built by Boeing.
Date: 05/21/2013 | Northwest
AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- Some big decisions that could help decide the future of Spokane's Fairchild Air Force Base are expected soon.The Air Force this week is expected to decide if Fairchild will serve as the first base for the next generation of air refueling tankers.
Date: 05/13/2013 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy...
Date: 05/08/2013 | Nation & World
ARLINGTON, Va. -- An Air Force officer who led the branch's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit has been charged with groping a woman in a northern Virginia parking lot, authorities said Monday.
Date: 05/06/2013 | Nation & World
SPOKANE -- Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney was a mother and college rugby player.Capt. Mark T. Voss was a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was known for his smile.Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III was humorous and the father of a young daughter.
Date: 05/06/2013 | Northwest
LOS ANGELES -- An experimental, unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force went hypersonic during a test off the Southern California coast, traveling at more than 3,000 mph, the Air Force said Friday.
Date: 05/03/2013 | Nation & World
HAMPTON, Va. -- NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.
Date: 04/26/2013 | Nation & World
Spokane should be the base for the KC-46A tankers that Boeing is building for the Air Force, Washington lawmakers wrote on Wednesday. Fairchild Air Force Base in...
Date: 04/17/2013 | Aerospace Blog
U.S. Air Force officials call the Boeing Co.'s aerial-refueling tanker, to be built in Everett, their top acquisition priority, even as the agency faces $10 billion in budget cuts this fiscal year.
Date: 04/15/2013 | Business
SEOUL, South Korea — In a show of force following weeks of North Korean bluster, the U.S. on Thursday took the unprecedented step of announcing that two of its nuclear-capable B-2 bombers joined joint military drills with South
Date: 03/28/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- Boeing agreed to provide $1 million in replacement parts for its F-15 fighters in a confidential settlement over a jet that broke apart in midair in 2007, according to the Pentagon's inspector general.
Date: 01/09/2013 | Nation & World
SPOKANE -- Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is a finalist to become the first base to operate the next generation of air refueling tanker planes.
Date: 01/09/2013 | Northwest
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- NORAD says it drew a record number of phone calls and social media followers during its NORAD Tracks Santa operation on Christmas Eve.
Date: 12/29/2012 | Nation & World