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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.


Same chemical detected in Fairchild water last year closes Tacoma water well

A Tacoma Water utility well has been shut down after chemicals commonly tied to firefighting foam showed up at a higher-than-acceptable level in a test at the site.


Dogs rescued after more than three weeks in underground silo

Two dogs trapped for more than 22 days in a deactivated Cold War-era missile silo near Medical Lake are now home safely with their owner.


A year in review: 14 big stories of 2017

No quick list could adequately sum up the awesome, horrifying, beautiful and frustrating events of 2017. But some stories stand out for their scale and impact on the city, the …


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 …


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 …


Fairchild runoff could spur lawsuits

More than a few residents of the area surrounding Fairchild Air Force Base suspect their chronic health problems can be attributed to chemical runoff from the base’s firefighting operations. But …


UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Gen. Everhart: State of Washington delivers training, power projection capability for America

In its 70th year of existence, the U.S. Air Force delivers an unrivaled power projection capability for America.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

More wells near Fairchild test positive for firefighting chemicals – north of the base

Forty more wells north of Fairchild Air Force Base have tested positive for toxic firefighting chemicals, with 21 exceeding the level that federal regulators believe is safe, base officials said …


Conversation with the commander: Four-star Gen. Carlton D. Everhart has Fairchild’s back

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II has been to Fairchild Air Force Base many times. But last week was his first visit as a four-star general.


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

Q&A with Gen. Everhart: Fairchild ‘a remarkable asset’

Gen. Carlton Dewey Everhart serves as commander of the U.S. Air Mobility Command. He sat down with Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley on Monday to talk about the strategic value of …


Air Force unimpeded by Qatar tensions

The ongoing feud between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors has heightened tensions between it and the United States. But those tensions have not impeded operations of U.S. Air Force programs …


Air Force says proposed Spokane Tribe casino poses no insurmountable obstacles

Spokane County is moving forward with


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 …


Citing potential water contamination, Department of Corrections issues recall for food manufactured at Airway Heights Corrections Center

The Washington Department of Corrections announced Thursday evening that it is voluntarily recalling food manufactured by the Airway Heights Corrections Center following reports of possible contamination in the Airway Heights …


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.


While Trump promotes military buildup, some look at another round of base closings

At the same time that President Donald Trump is pushing a plan to increase defense spending by 10 percent, Washington state Rep. Adam Smith says it’s time to save money …


Fairchild AFB named after distinguished Air Force general

General Muir S. Fairchild, a Bellingham native, had a long and storied military history before he died suddenly on March 17, 1950, while serving as vice chief of staff of …


Fairchild had nuclear weapons for nearly 50 years

Originally published May 6, 2001 For nearly half a century, Spokane sat at Ground Zero.


Fairchild’s history finally found a home at Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum

The Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum holds a collection of uniforms and other pieces from Fairchild Air Force Base history


Basing decision for next-generation tankers to shift Fairchild’s role

Even though Fairchild wasn’t chosen for the Air Force’s next-generation refueling tankers, officials say the base could end up with more planes and people.


Forest Service, Fairchild uncover story behind jet wreckage in Colville National Forest

Originally published July 25, 2016 Maj. Charles Seeley had just completed a turn after his fourth pass of the “enemy target” and was in a controlled dive when the F-86A …


Fairchild’s mission, name have changed through the decades

A look at Fairchild through the years.


Woman and teenager killed in collision with train identified

Fairchild Airman Capt. Daniel Normandin, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron, lost his wife Melissa Kelly Normandin, 45, and his son, Jacob Michael Normandin, 14, when the pickup they were in was …


Honor Point military museum finally makes its debut

Military artifacts from the now-closed Fairchild Heritage Museum have gone on display at Felts Field, the beginning of the long-planned Honor Point Military and Aerospace Museum.


Military bases will not accept Washington driver’s license as ID

Washington residents will no longer be able to use their state standard-issue driver’s licenses as identification to get onto military bases.


McMorris Rodgers explains vote in favor of Obama lawsuit

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said her vote authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama was cast to voice frustration over what she called executive overreach. “I certainly have heard a …