Latest U.S. Air Force News

Nuclear strike chief seeks cancer review of missile crews

Jan. 28, 2023 13:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Air Force general in charge of the nation's air- and ground-launched nuclear missiles has requested an official investigation into the number of airmen who are reporting blood cancer diagnoses after serving at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The...

Ellsworth Air Force Base bomber set for Rose Bowl flyovers

Dec. 27, 2022 16:56 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A bomber out of Ellsworth Air Force Base is scheduled to perform a Rose Bowl flyover next week. The Rapid City Journal reported Tuesday that the B-1B Lancer will fly over the Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena,...

City in Oklahoma says Air Force charter jet damaged runway

Dec. 22, 2022 19:05 PM EST

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A military cargo jet carrying the U.S. Air Force Academy women's basketball team damaged a regional airport runway when it allegedly landed without prior authorization in Stillwater, Oklahoma, city officials said Thursday. The C-17 Globemaster aircraft is...

National Guard airman dies in snowboarding fall at NJ mall

Dec. 15, 2022 12:29 PM EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A man who was serving in the Air National Guard died after he fell while snowboarding at an indoor ski park inside a New Jersey mall, officials and family members said. Peter Mathews, 24, of Bay Shore on New York's Long Island, fell Dec. 8 as he...

Joseph Kittinger, who set longtime parachute record, dies

Dec. 09, 2022 19:26 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Retired Air Force Col. Joseph Kittinger, whose 1960 parachute jump from almost 20 miles (32 kilometers) above the Earth stood as a world record for more than 50 years, died Friday in Florida. He was 94. His death was announced by former U.S. Rep. John...

US forces monitor Mideast skies at Qatar base amid World Cup

Dec. 02, 2022 11:15 AM EST

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — As World Cup fans throng stadiums across Qatar, about 8,000 American troops stationed just nearby watch over the airspace of the tumultuous Middle East from a major base run by this energy-rich nation. Built on a flat stretch of desert about 20...

Unmanned, solar-powered US space plane back after 908 days

Nov. 12, 2022 14:49 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An unmanned U.S. military space plane landed early Saturday after spending a record 908 days in orbit for its sixth mission and conducting science experiments. The solar-powered vehicle, which looks like a miniature space shuttle, landed at NASA’s...

Plane from Air Force training base crashes in Mississippi

Nov. 07, 2022 16:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Nobody was killed when U.S. military plane crashed Monday in Mississippi, south of an Air Force base that conducts pilot training, the Air Force said in a statement. The T-38A Talon aircraft crashed about 1 p.m., roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of...

North Korea: Missile tests were practice to attack South, US

Nov. 07, 2022 07:26 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s military said Monday its recent barrage of missile tests were practices to “mercilessly” strike key South Korean and U.S. targets such as air bases and operation command systems with a variety of missiles that likely included nuclear-capable weapons....