Latest U.S. Air Force News

Westmoreland thriving at U.S. Open after Air Force service

Jun. 18, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The steady stream of fighter jets roaring overhead mostly go unnoticed, background noise to the beautiful views and brilliant golf at Torrey Pines. The cacophony brings Kyle Westmoreland comfort. “It makes you feel right at...

NTSB: Jet pilot had emergency, ejected in crash near Nellis

Jun. 11, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A civilian pilot killed when a Dassault Mirage F-1 crashed last month near Nellis Air Force Base reported a flight emergency and ejected moments before the jet slammed to the ground and burst into flames, federal crash investigators reported Friday. No...

South Dakota's Ellsworth base will be home to B-21 bomber

Jun. 09, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota will be the home of the next-generation nuclear bomber, the B-21 Raider, the U.S. Air Force indicated Wednesday. The Air Force plans to build and eventually operate over 100 of the stealth bombers, which...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jun. 08, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. June 4, 2021. Editorial: Coming up short on air base still a win for Hulman Field Every competition inherently involves winning and losing. The U.S. Air Force has chosen a site in Arkansas to establish a multi-national...

Aviation lighting company gets $23M contract with Air Force

Jun. 07, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A solar aviation lighting company in Tilton has received a $23.5 million contract with the U.S. Air Force to upgrade airfield lighting systems, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Monday. Avlite will manufacture and deliver the lighting, which can be...

Traumatized veterans heal through the power of nature

Jun. 05, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mario Kovach stood at a trailhead near Hawk Mountain the other day, with the Appalachian Trail stretching to Maine one way and Georgia the other and a perfect blue sky spilling sunshine over everything — a red car parked on the side of the road, a gaggle of genial...

'There is stuff': Enduring mysteries trail US report on UFOs

Jun. 05, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The blob, captured on distant, fuzzy video by Navy pilots, seems to skitter just above the ocean waves at improbable speed, with no discernible means of propulsion or lift. “Oh my gosh, man,” one aviator says to another as they laugh at the oddity. “What ... is...

New Mexico moves ahead with review of contamination at bases

Jun. 04, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is several months into an investigation to determine the extent of contamination at two U.S. Air Force bases, and state officials said Friday that the work is on track to be completed by summer 2022. Environment Secretary James Kenney said...

Developer in tax fight over former Air Force base housing

Jun. 02, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) — A series of lawsuits against Meade County for nearly a decade’s worth of tax assessments of a housing development near Ellsworth Air Force Base may be heading toward a resolution. The Meade County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to begin...

Sheffield named new commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base

May. 27, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota is getting a new leader. Col. Joseph Sheffield has been named the next commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, the world's largest B-18 bomber combat unit, the base announced Thursday. He will replace Col. David...