Latest U.S. Air Force News

US Air Force warns against joke event to 'storm Area 51'

Jul. 17, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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 Nevada desert. A prank event on Facebook that's attracted more than 1 million interested people suggests that a mass...

H. Ross Perot's devotion to family, friends remembered

Jul. 16, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot, a hard-charging Texan with a folksy manner who made billions in business and twice sought the presidency, was celebrated at a Tuesday memorial service for his devotion to his family, friends, faith and country. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force conducted an F-16 flyover in...

Air Force: Rescue team helps injured Mexican fishermen

Jul. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says two airmen from a base in Arizona were instrumental in rescuing two Mexican fishermen injured at sea. The U.S. Air Force says airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on July 10 to get medical aid to the men, who were being...

Air Force major charged with murder in death of Texas wife

Jul. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force major based in San Antonio has been charged with murder after authorities found the remains of his wife whom he reported missing in March. Forty-year-old Andre McDonald is being held Monday at the Bexar (bayr) County jail. Bail is set at $2 million. Sheriff's officials say...

Ex-US airman in Oklahoma pipe bombing released from prison

Jul. 12, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Air Force airman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the bombing of an Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma is being released from prison. Federal court records in Tulsa show that 30-year-old Benjamin Roden was granted his conditional release Friday from a federal...

Air Force jet makes emergency landing in Nebraska after fire

Jul. 12, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an engine fire caused a U.S. Air Force jet to make an emergency landing at an airport in Nebraska. The four-engine airborne warning and control system plane touched down around 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Airport. Lincoln Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Dave Engler...

AP Exclusive: Officer alleges sexual misconduct by general

Jul. 11, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that...

Air Force jet hits bird, drops 3 dummy bombs over Florida

Jul. 1, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Air Force says it's investigating after a fighter jet struck a bird and dropped three dummy bombs used for training over northern Florida. Moody Air Force Base in central Georgia said in a news release there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage after the...

Additional US fighter planes sent to Gulf amid Iran tensions

Jun. 28, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a dozen Air Force F-22 stealth fighters have deployed to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, part of a force buildup requested by U.S. Central Command in May in response to what it called heightened Iranian threats against American forces in the region. The Air Force arm of U.S....

Iraq boosts security measures at base where US trainers stay

Jun. 22, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security measures were increased at one of Iraq's largest air bases that houses American trainers following an attack last week, a top Iraqi air force commander said Saturday. The U.S. military said operations at the base were going on as usual and there were currently no plans to evacuate...