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Worker for contractor accused of selling Air Force data

May. 12, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An employee of a U.S. Department of Defense contractor and another man were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of participating in a scheme to steal and sell sensitive U.S. Air Force technical data, federal prosecutors said. Sarfraz Yousuf of...

Appeals court overturns conviction in racial slur case

May. 11, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The conviction of a retired U.S. Air Force officer who used a racial slur while speaking to a Black store clerk and Black customer was overturned Tuesday by a federal appeals court that found his speech was protected by the First Amendment under the circumstances. ...

Air Force: Missile test launch from California aborted

May. 05, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A test launch of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was aborted before liftoff early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the U.S. Air Force said. “The cause of the ground abort is...

Dayton sues air base, defense department for water pollution

May. 04, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The city of Dayton has sued the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the U.S. Department of Defense for failing to stop water contaminants from entering a source of the city's drinking water. The lawsuit filed Monday in the Southern District of Ohio...

US Air Force flight in Mideast uses call sign 'Pickle Rick'

May. 02, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Someone in the U.S. Air Force apparently watches the cartoon “Rick and Morty.” An Air Force KC-10 Extender that flew out of Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday used the call sign “PIKLRICK” on a mission...

Air Force One subcontractor laying off 223 after losing job

Apr. 23, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Boeing subcontractor working on the new Air Force One aircraft until getting the boot announced Friday that it was cutting 223 jobs. In a statement, GDC Technics CEO Brad Foreman said the job cuts are the direct result of Boeing firing the...

In race to rearm, Greece seeks partnerships, more hardware

Apr. 20, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

ANDRAVIDA, Greece (AP) — Greece has vowed to expand military cooperation with traditional NATO allies as well as Middle Eastern powers in a race to modernize its armed forces and face its militarily assertive neighbor Turkey. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited...

Restored plane that led D-Day bombing will visit Dayton

Apr. 18, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A restored plane that led the invasion of Normandy during World War II will visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton next week. The C-47 called “That’s All, Brother” will visit the museum April 20 to 22, the Dayton...

Rigorous testing part of Minot Air Force Base missile force

Apr. 17, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron continuously test the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system to make sure it does what it’s supposed to do. “We perform a fundamentally unique mission. We do a full on full,...

Air Force One subcontractor countersues Boeing over delays

Apr. 16, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A subcontractor working on the new Air Force One aircraft for Boeing countersued the Chicago-based aircraft giant Friday over Boeing's allegations of missed deadlines for work on the presidential aircraft. In a seven-page lawsuit filed in state...