Latest U.S. Air Force News

Sheriff: Beacon led team to man mauled by grizzly in Wyoming

Jun. 29, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A distress signal initially thought to be from a crashed aircraft led searchers to a backpacker who'd been mauled by a grizzly bear in a remote Wyoming wilderness, according to sheriff's officials. No plane or helicopter had crashed but a crew preparing to...

Ex-US Air Force sergeant pleads guilty in deputy killing

Jun. 28, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A former Air Force sergeant linked to an extremist movement and convicted last month in the 2020 killing of a federal security officer in the San Francisco Bay Area pleaded guilty to killing a sheriff's sergeant a week after he attacked a federal building. ...

Air Force ROTC cadet dies in Idaho training accident

Jun. 26, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — An Air Force ROTC cadet from Alaska died in an accident involving a Humvee during a training exercise in Idaho, Mountain Home Air Force Base said Sunday. Mackenzie Wilson, 19, a cadet at Oregon State University, died of injuries sustained in an accident...

Air Force: Crew not at fault for Afghan deaths in evacuation

Jun. 13, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has concluded that air crew members acted appropriately and were not at fault for some tragic deaths during the chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan last year, when desperate Afghans clung to a military plane as it was taking off and fell to their deaths or were...

Biden nixes Trump design for Air Force One over cost, delay

Jun. 10, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration has scrapped former President Donald Trump's red, white and blue design for the new generation of presidential aircraft after an Air Force review suggested it would raise costs and delay the delivery of the new jets. Boeing is...

Taiwanese F-16 fighter makes emergency landing in Hawaii

Jun. 08, 2022 09:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Taiwanese F-16 fighter jet made an emergency landing at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Hawaii on Monday afternoon, and the U.S. Air Force pilot who was flying the aircraft was taken to the hospital for treatment, U.S. officials said Tuesday. According...

Air Force to further investigate chemicals at closed base.

Jun. 06, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Air Force plans to test multiple sites at the former Loring Air Force Base for contamination by so-called forever chemicals. Officials are concerned that PFAS contamination from firefighting foam used on Loring's runway may have spread elsewhere. So...

41-year sentence for Ex-Air Force sergeant who killed guard

Jun. 03, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force staff sergeant and alleged member of the “boogaloo” extremist movement was sentenced to 41 years in prison Friday for the fatal shooting of a federal security officer in the San Francisco Bay Area amid large 2020 protests against police...

Space Command base change process was flawed, report says

Jun. 02, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Air Force abruptly changed its procedures to select a permanent headquarters for the U.S. Space Command during the election year of 2020, which led to it choosing heavily Republican Alabama over Democrat-dominated Colorado after a White House meeting, according to a report...

3 Air Force cadets who refused vaccine won't be commissioned

May. 21, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine will not be commissioned as military officers but will graduate with bachelor's degrees, the academy said Saturday. Academy spokesman Dean Miller said that a fourth cadet who had...