Stories tagged: Air Force
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017
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 …
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 2:47 p.m.
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.
Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 5 a.m.
‘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 …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
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.
Fri., July 28, 2017
Thunderbird pilots roar above Spokane for Skyfest 2017
Thunderbirds show featured for this weekend’s Skyfest 2017 at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Mon., July 24, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
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.
Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:05 a.m.
ATF: Explosion was domestic terrorism or a horrible prank
An explosion outside an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, but the late-night blast could also have been a horrible prank, …
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 6:53 p.m.
Airman found dead at Fairchild Air Force Base
An airman was found dead in a dormitory room at Fairchild Air Force Base around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Air Force.
UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Accident reported involving military plane at Ohio air show
Authorities say a military jet apparently practicing for an Ohio air show has been involved in an accident.
Tue., June 20, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
Russian jet came within feet of U.S. reconnaissance plane, Pentagon says
A Russian fighter jet came “within several feet” of an Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea and lingered by the side of the U.S. plane for several …
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 5 p.m.
Nearly $50 million in infrastructure improvements planned as Fairchild prepares to receive more KC-135 tankers
As Fairchild Air Force Base moves into a position of being the largest refueling tanker base in the U.S. military, commanders are facing two years of preparation to get the …
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:32 p.m.
Air Force: More KC-135s inbound to Fairchild
The fleet of tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base is about to get bigger as the Air Force has announced plans to transfer 12 more KC-135 tankers to the West …
UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 5:31 p.m.
Boeing puts 737 up against small business jets for $6.9B defense contract
SEATTLE – For a vital aircraft that will fly above distant battlefields, the Air Force will choose between Goliath and two Davids.
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
Decades of warnings behind chemical contaminating water in Airway Heights
Air Force and public health officials have repeatedly described the chemicals contaminating water in Airway Heights as an “emerging issue” – one that’s being handled proactively and transparently. But nowhere …
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 2:22 p.m.
Testing confirms chemical contamination in residential wells near Fairchild Air Force Base
Air Force officials visited Julie Dipple’s home last week to share some troubling news: Her drinking water is contaminated and it probably has been for a long time.
Mon., May 1, 2017, 8:21 p.m.
Pentagon: Academy athletes must serve before going pro
The U.S. Defense Department has rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy athletes to go straight to the pros upon graduation.
UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
Air Force launches test missile off Central California coast to show nuclear deterrent capability
An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched just after midnight Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of an operational test to show the country’s nuclear deterrent capability, according …
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
U.S. Air Force to launch test missile off Central California coast
An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to test the weapon’s effectiveness, accuracy and readiness, according to the Air Force Global …
Sat., April 15, 2017, 7 a.m.
To save millions, military grounds planes worth billions
The Air Force has grounded a big portion of its newly refurbished, multibillion-dollar fleet of C-5 Galaxy transport planes, just to avoid spending the relatively small amount of money it …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 5:18 a.m.
Stop-loss an option for Air Force to keep departing pilots
Faced with pilots leaving the Air Force in droves for the airlines, top generals are considering the option of forcing some to stay in the service against their will, a …
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:24 p.m.
Veterans, McMorris Rodgers battle VA over access to exercise room
The aging veterans sit in camp chairs inside a pop-up awning with makeshift blue-tarp walls. A propane heater makes it liveable as the Army, Navy and Air Force veterans began …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
Air Force: Pilot ejects safely before F-16 crashes near DC
The military says a fighter jet pilot on a training mission ejected safely before the aircraft crashed a few miles from the U.S. capital.
UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 9:58 p.m.
Send more tankers to Fairchild, Washington Congress members tell Air Force
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell tell the Air Force it should send reassigned tankers to Fairchild.