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Faced with a shortage of some 2,000 pilots, the Air Force’s service academy is trying to churn out more pilot candidates. More than 530 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets from the 2019 graduating class have
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The British government has awarded a 160-million pound ($205 million) contract for construction work at RAF Lakenheath to prepare the base for the arrival of U.S. F-35A Lightning II stealth jets. The deal is the
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The U.S. Air Force is moving operations of some of its most sophisticated spy planes about three hours southwest in England as part of a larger force consolidation effort in Europe. The 95th Reconnaissance Squadron
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Airmen leaving for yearlong deployments will no longer have to return before moving their goods and families to their next permanent duty station. The change, which went into effect Nov. 1, means Air Force families
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A California-based airman has become the first Muslim airman to receive a beard waiver after a 2014 policy. Staff Sgt. Abdul Rahman Gaitan, an aerial porter with the 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron at Travis
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Dozens of the Air Force’s most advanced stealth fighters took to the air at a quick-fire pace during a combat-power exercise this week out of Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Thirty-five F-35A Lightning IIs were
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Several small satellites are slated to be sent into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that is scheduled for liftoff Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch of the “Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express”
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The Air Force has identified a pilot who was killed and another who was injured when a T-38C Talon crashed Tuesday evening at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Capt. John Graziano, 28, an instructor pilot
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One pilot has died and another is injured after an Air Force supersonic jet trainer crashed on base. The T-38 Talon crashed Tuesday evening at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. “An Air
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Air Force officials have identified an airman stabbed to death Friday outside the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo. Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, was stabbed with a knife at his home just
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Feedback from the field has inspired the Air Force to revamp basic training to focus on readiness, lethality, fitness and warrior ethos. The changes, which took effect Sept. 4 but were announced Monday, expand Basic
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ESPN reporter Marty Smith went aboard the USS Carl Vinson for a special Veterans Day video to explore what teamwork is all about in a military setting. “I’ve had experiences in this job beyond my
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An airman deployed to Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after being found “unresponsive” near Tumon Bay, the Air Force said Wednesday. The airman — whose identity was not released in
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The U.S. Air Force is planning to spend nearly $200 million on special glasses and visors to protect pilots’ eyes from dangerous lasers like the ones the Pentagon accuses China of firing into the cockpits
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A close encounter took place between a U.S. Navy aircraft and a Russian aircraft over the Black Sea on Monday morning, when the Russian jet intercepted the U.S. Navy aircraft in international airspace for about
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The Army’s military academy issued an apology Sunday for an apparent prank in which a live Air Force mascot falcon was abducted and injured ahead of the weekend’s Army-Air Force football game in West Point,
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Tyndall Air Force Base will see the return of most of its missions within three months, the Air Force announced Friday, as the Florida base still recovers from damage left behind by Hurricane Michael. Nine
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A former airman accused of tampering with his supervisor’s phone faces up to 10 years in federal prison for computer fraud. Michael Weber, 22, who served with the 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron at Cannon
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The Air Force removed three top commanders at Laughlin Air Force Base on Wednesday citing concerns about dangerous and threatening behavior at the major pilot training installation in Texas, the service’s Air Education and Training
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The Air Force has delivered its largest shipment of ordnance to Europe since NATO’s 1999 bombing campaign in the Balkans, a move that is part of a broader rearmament on the continent. The 86th Munitions
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Boeing’s new KC-46 Pegasus tanker completed its maiden trip across the Pacific Tuesday when it touched down at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo. A version of the aerial refueler, which is
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The Air Force has put the brakes on orders for coffee cups that cost $1,280 apiece. Those attempting to requisition a new hot cup via the Air Force supply system will get a message telling
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Air Force staff sergeants will once again be eligible to retire, according to an Air Force memo signed Oct. 18 that raises the high-year tenure for enlisted airmen, ranks E-4 to E-6. The change, which
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The Air Force is prepared to pay up to $300,000 for ideas to solve problems uncovered during the inaugural class of an innovative training program helping to fill about 2,000 vacant pilot positions. The first
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The U.S. military is investing millions into a Cold War base in Estonia where Soviet attack jets once ruled the skies. Officials with U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa earlier this week
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The Air Force has identified the California pilot who was killed during a military training exercise in Ukraine this week. Lt. Col. Seth “Jethro” Nehring, 44, was flying a Ukrainian Su-27UB aircraft Tuesday when it
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The Air Force has given its new hypersonic flight research vehicle the experimental designation of “X-60A,” according to a statement issued earlier this month. Under development by the Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services, the X-60A
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