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Boeing prepares plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders

Apr. 22, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boeing is preparing to build F-15 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis County plant even though the military branch hasn't bought the jet in over a decade. The Chicago-based company began ramping up its F-15 production line near St. Louis after the Air Force submitted a...

Military academies begin to follow military transgender ban

Apr. 17, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The elite academies that educate officers for the nation's armed forces have begun to implement the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members. The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year. The...

Airmen to honor last WWII Doolittle Raider at Texas service

Apr. 12, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Hundreds of airmen will line the main entrance of an Air Force base in Texas to salute as the family of the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders arrives for his memorial service. Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole died Tuesday in San Antonio at the age of 103. The Air Force on Friday...

Virgin Orbit satellite-launching plane to take off from Guam

Apr. 11, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson is picking Guam as a site for its airplane-launched satellite service. Virgin Orbit plans to launch small satellites from a rocket released by a customized Boeing 747. It has another site in California. The company said Thursday the...

US jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse at veterans cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico

Apr. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — US jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse at veterans cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico.

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies in Texas

Apr. 9, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103. Robert Whetstone, a spokesman for Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio,...

Bush Foundation wants retired Air Force One plane in museum

Apr. 8, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The George and Barbara Bush Foundation has asked that an Air Force One plane set for retirement in 2025 be permanently exhibited at the late president's museum at Texas A&M. If approved, the U.S. Air Force would permanently loan the Boeing VC-25A to the George H.W. Bush Presidential...

Major whose wife is missing, presumed dead freed from jail

Apr. 3, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force major based in San Antonio who is charged with evidence tampering related to his wife's disappearance in February has been released from jail. Andreen McDonald was last seen alive Feb. 28. Her husband, Andre McDonald, was arrested on the tampering charge in March after...

India declines comment on NASA's anti-satellite criticism

Apr. 3, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Wednesday declined to comment on a statement by a U.S. space official that India's recent test of an anti-satellite weapon created debris that could threaten the International Space Station. India's Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Aman Anand said there was no official response to...

Wilson appointed president of University of Texas at El Paso

Apr. 2, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas System on Tuesday formally appointed U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson as president of the University of Texas at El Paso despite opposition from some students and faculty. The former congresswoman has faced heavy criticism from UTEP students and local...