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UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Thousands flock to Fairchild Air Force Base for Skyfest 2019

Thousands of veterans, families and aircraft enthusiasts flocked to Fairchild Air Force Base on Saturday for Skyfest 2019, an air show featuring new and old aircraft.


Meet the pilot who organized the 2019 U.S. Air Force SkyFest

When he was 7, Mark Watson remembers his eyes glued to the window of his first airplane ride. “I couldn’t believe what was happening,” he said.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Airway Heights calls off water shortage alert after Spokane crews quickly re-establish connection during road work

A Facebook post on Friday alerted Airway Heights residents they may need to conserve water after one of two water connections with Spokane was interrupted due to road work. Airway …


Air Force bombers making temporary return to Grant County

U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers are coming back to Moses Lake in May. At least for a few days.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

New Mexico sues U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination

New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left …


Boeing tanker jets grounded due to tools and debris left during manufacturing

Boeing leadership was forced to ground its 767-based KC-46 tankers for the past week after the Air Force expressed concern about loose tools and other foreign object debris (FOD) found …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:09 p.m.

U.S. says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

A former counterintelligence agent with the U.S. Air Force has been accused of revealing classified information to Iran.


Landmark Air Force chapel suffering from leaks, corrosion

The landmark Cadet Chapel that towers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is suffering from leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration …


Airmen sue military for firing them after they tested positive for HIV

Testing positive for HIV was difficult enough. Getting forced out of the military by the Air Force because of the diagnosis proved even harder.


Then and Now: George Washington Carver USO Club

Rosa D. Malone arrived in Spokane as a Works Progress Administration supervisor and founded the Booker T. Washington Community Center in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church in 1937.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Airman invents piece for 60-year-old plane to keep its landing-gear doors from breaking

The window behind Tech. Sgt. Shawn Roberge’s computer at Fairchild Air Force Base reveals a shop arranged with metal fabrication machines and tools he uses to tinker with parts for …


SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket gets Air Force certification

Four months after its first test flight, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is now certified by the Air Force to carry national security satellites.


Missing Air Force officer found 35 years later

A high-ranking Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.


UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets

Britain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions.


President Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad

President Donald Trump opened his first Christmas Eve in office by offering season’s greetings to U.S. troops stationed around the world and chatting up children who called into a Defense …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Air Force: Several dozen criminal histories not given to FBI

The Air Force said Tuesday that its failure to report the criminal history of the former airman who massacred 26 people at a Texas church in early November was “not …


Scientists say concerted effort needed to study types of chemicals leaked into Fairchild water

A group of scientists, physicians and public health officials is calling for a nationwide research initiative to better understand the health effects of man-made fluorinated compounds, such as those leaked …


Pentagon has known of military crime reporting lapses for 20 years

The Pentagon has known for at least two decades about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI, including the type of information the Air Force didn’t report …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

At 30,000 feet and 300 miles per hour, Air Force breezes through midair refueling

Journalists got a first-hand look at the high-speed, highly technical operation of midair refueling during a mission high above the eastern Nevada desert Thursday.


‘Tell’: Retired Maj. Margaret Witt tells all in new book about her legal fight

Witt, who was forced out of the Air Force Reserves because she is a lesbian, has co-written a book with Spokane journalist Tim Connor about the court battle that helped …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

Sen. Cantwell secures additional funds for Fairchild cleanup

A provision to the Department of Defense’s future budget could see more funds flow to local communities whose water supplies have been affected by contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Fairchild unveils memorial to airmen killed in 1958 B-52 crash

In 1958, 13 airmen were killed when two B-52s collided at Fairchild Air Force Base. Those men were memorialized Friday afternoon on base in a ceremony attended by about 50 …


SpaceX launches Air Force’s super-secret minishuttle

SpaceX launched the Air Force’s super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Mobility Guardian: Air war exercises bring 30 countries to Washington this week

Keep your eyes to the sky. The largest air war exercise seen in the Pacific Northwest began Monday with more than 3,700 military personnel from 30 countries descending on the …


UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Behind the mavericks: How one Thunderbirds crewman keeps the geese afloat for SkyFest weekend

While the mavericks are up above, twisting and turning to the delight of the crowd below, Chief Inspector Ryan Smith is perfectly content on the ground, where he belongs.


UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Back in action: Crowds converge as SkyFest returns after three-year hiatus

Cloudless blue skies stretched for miles above Fairchild Air Force Base Saturday as the return of SkyFest sent a cavalcade of biplanes, jets and tankers buzzing through the air.


Thunderbird pilots roar above Spokane for Skyfest 2017

Thunderbirds show featured for this weekend’s Skyfest 2017 at Fairchild Air Force Base.


Air Force pilot shot down in Vietnam buried in Montana

An Air Force pilot has been laid to rest in his home state of Montana more than 48 years after being shot down during the Vietnam War.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Missile Defense Agency announces successful Alaska intercept

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency says it has conducted a successful test from Alaska of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, part of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system.