Stories tagged: U.S. Air Force
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.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
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
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
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.
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 4:42 p.m.
‘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.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 5:03 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
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.
Thu., July 10, 2014
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 …
Wed., July 9, 2014, 12:22 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 13, 2014, 9:11 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Dec. 29, 2013
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 …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2011
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 …
Sat., Sept. 10, 2011
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 …
Sun., June 12, 2011
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 …
Fri., March 18, 2011
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 …
Wed., March 2, 2011, 2:17 p.m.
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.
Sun., Feb. 27, 2011
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 …
Sun., Feb. 27, 2011
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 …
Thu., Feb. 24, 2011, 2:31 p.m.
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.
Thu., Nov. 25, 2010
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 …
Wed., Sept. 22, 2010
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 …
Fri., Aug. 13, 2010
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. …
Fri., July 9, 2010, 8 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Sept. 29, 2009, 2:26 p.m.
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.
Thu., Aug. 13, 2009, 3:19 p.m.
Boeing pays $25 million to settle U.S. probe
Boeing Co. agreed Thursday to pay the U.S. government $25 million to settle claims the company did defective work on critical military refueling planes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wed., July 22, 2009
Senate backs Obama on F-22
WASHINGTON – In a political victory for the Obama administration and a surprising defeat for some lawmakers in both parties, the Senate voted Tuesday to halt further production of the …
Wed., March 11, 2009
White House considers delay on aerial tanker
WASHINGTON – The White House budget office has asked the Pentagon to consider delaying the purchase of aerial refueling tankers by five years, a move that reflects the constraints of …
Sun., March 1, 2009
Airman honored, remembered
In the Montesano, Wash., gymnasium where he once excelled as a high school wrestler, Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Davis of Spokane on Saturday was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star …
Fri., Feb. 27, 2009, 11:58 a.m.
Flags lowered to honor fallen soldier
Washington state agencies have been directed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to lower flags to half staff today in honor of a fallen soldier, whose wife and son live in Spokane.