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UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

U.S. Air Force warns against joke event to ‘storm Area 51’

The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people “storm Area 51,” the top-secret Cold War test site in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Man killed in West Plains collision was military veteran who once shook Obama’s hand

A man killed Wednesday morning in a three-vehicle collision was a military veteran with a storied history in the armed forces, one that included a firm handshake with America’s Commander-in-Chief.


Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

The U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 8 p.m.

Vintage warbirds impress at eighth annual Neighbor Day at Felts Field

A P-51B Mustang – one with seven World World II victories over Nazi Germany and 750 combat hours - shot up and around the clear and sunny skies, right above …


Man detained after incident at UK base used by US Air Force

A British military air base in England used by the U.S. Air Force was locked down Monday after a disturbance of some kind, but the emergency measure ended when a …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

KC-135 training missions on Tuesday had massive plane flying low over Spokane

A 136-foot flying gas station can that can reach speeds of 580 miles per hour tends to get attention, especially when it flies low over Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Historian finds live warhead at decades-old military plane crash site in Grant County

A historian digging around a newly discovered 1955 military airplane crash site in Grant County found a live warhead in the wreckage this week.


Doug Clark: U-2 pilot Charles Stratton used up ‘all of his nine lives’ in high-altitude exit

Spokane lost a hero last week, when Col. Charles Stratton died. Stratton


Hearing Thursday looks at Fairchild’s second chance to land new Air Force tanker

The Air Force will hold a hearing Thursday in Spokane as it takes another look at Fairchild as a home for the nation’s new air refueling tanker.


‘Big Lebowski’ actor David Huddleston dies at 85

David Huddleston, a character actor best known for portraying titular roles in “The Big Lebowski” and “Santa Claus: The Movie,” has died. He was 85.


Victims upset with plea deal given to airman

Two people who awoke to find a man armed with a knife in their downtown apartment building last fall say they didn’t know the U.S. Air Force airman had his …


Charges dismissed against roof-running airman

Charges were dismissed in a plea deal involving a U.S. Air Force Airman accused of breaking into a building, scaring a sleeping woman and stealing a roofing knife in September.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 8:50 p.m.

Knezovich continues push for permanent Sheriff’s Office training site

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich wants a law enforcement training facility at the Spokane Raceway Park.


Investigation: Geese caused Air Force helicopter crash

Geese flew through the windshield of a U.S. Air Force helicopter during a training mission off the coast of England in January, causing a crash that killed four airmen, including …


Birds blamed for helicopter crash that killed Priest River airman

Military investigators say geese collided with a U.S. Air Force helicopter that crashed during a training mission off the coast of England in January, killing four airmen. Among the dead …


Tanker’s tail separated in flight before Kyrgyzstan crash

A KC-135 tanker flown by a Fairchild crew shook apart over Kyrgyzstan last May. The tail section came off and the rest of the plane plummeted through the air until …


Sandpoint airman dies in Afghanistan bombing

An Air Force officer from Sandpoint died Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, after his vehicle was struck by an explosion triggered from another vehicle carrying a bomb that approached his convoy …


Spokane Valley woman fighting her battle decades after war

After spending the past 25 years cutting through military bureaucracy and secrecy, Amy Berger has found hope that one day she will know what happened to her cousin, a crewman …


Enlisting support

Five years ago, fraternal twin brothers from Hauser Lake realized their lifelong dream of enlisting in the U.S. Marines. They were eager to “see action” in Iraq or Afghanistan and …


Marchers mark progress in gay rights, but hurdles ahead

Some say gay rights have come a long way, and some say there is still a long way to go. Many at Spokane’s annual Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival on …


43 years after rescue, pilots finally meet

MODESTO – Wayne Hague always wondered whatever happened to the pilot whose crippled plane he refueled and escorted to safety over North Vietnam in 1967. Ron Catton always wondered about …


2 U.S. airmen killed, 2 injured in Germany shooting

The U.S. Air Force says two of its airmen have been killed and two wounded in a shooting outside Frankfurt airport.


Caldwell: Boeing’s tanker victory a blow to ’Bama

Thousands of Boeing Co. employees and suppliers, and only a touch fewer politicians, took a collective victory lap Thursday after the Pentagon made the 767 its choice for a new …


Spin Control: Corks pop at Boeing, but keep appeal history in mind

Despite the celebrating that has taken place since Boeing was declared the winner in the Air Force’s New Tanker Sweepstakes, it may be wise not to start adding all those …


Boeing to build new tanker

The Boeing Co. was chosen to build the next generation of U.S. Air Force tankers that will replace some of the KC-135s.


Witt must show she’s fit for duty

SEATTLE – The Air Force said Wednesday that a lesbian flight nurse discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” must prove she is still qualified and pass a medical exam before …


Senators, Rossi weigh in on tanker bid

The nation’s nine-year debate on how to replace Air Force tankers became a talking point in two places Tuesday: the floor of the U.S. Senate and the campaign trail in …


Murray meets with aerospace interests

A 10-year tango over the Air Force tanker contract dances on, leaving Spokane aerospace interests to anticipate potential effects. Those aerospace interests gathered Thursday in Spokane to meet with Sen. …


One more round, perhaps, for Boeing and EADS

Boeing submitted its bid today for the Air Force’s $35 billion refueling jet contract as the military tries once again to pick a winner for the troubled program after several …


Northrop: Boeing has ‘unfair’ edge in tanker deal

The Pentagon has given Boeing Co. an “unfair” advantage in the latest competition for a troubled $35 billion tanker contract, a Northrop Grumman Corp. executive said Tuesday.