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These people really love to flyupdated: Sun Jun 10 2012 10:39:00

Music conductor Caroline Carson loves the sound of fighter jets.

Airline squeeze: It's not you, 'it's the seat'updated: Wed May 30 2012 16:37:00

If you're on a flight -- especially a long one -- a coach class seat can be a chair of torture.

Scoring a good airline seatupdated: Wed May 30 2012 16:37:00

Follow these tips for finding the best seat on your next flight.

Pilot sends plane into dive after mistaking Venus for oncoming planeupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 19:35:00

It's happened to most of us. We suddenly wake up and find ourselves disoriented, wondering where we are, and possibly mistaking a light in the distance for something completely different. Usually it's no big deal -- you shake it off, wake up and move on.

U.S. looks into Afghan air force drug allegationsupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 14:16:00

The United States is investigating allegations that some members of the Afghan air force have used their planes to transport drugs, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.

Mortician resigns in misconduct probe at Dover military mortuaryupdated: Fri Mar 02 2012 15:13:00

A civilian mortician who was recently demoted for misconduct in handling remains of the U.S. military's war dead has resigned, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Friday.

U.S. drone crashes in Seychellesupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 17:37:00

A U.S. Air Force drone crashed Tuesday in the African island nation of Seychelles, an Air Force spokesman said.

Panel investigating mishandling of military remains to meetupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 03:57:00

A congressional panel investigating claims the Dover Air Force Base Mortuary mishandled the remains of hundreds of fallen U.S. military personnel will meet for the first time Tuesday.

'Vietnam type' wall in Iraq for soldiersupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 03:57:00

At Camp Warrior in Iraq, most U.S. troops have left, but a wall with the names of the fallen remains.

Air Force admits incidents of 'gross mismanagement' at Dover mortuaryupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 03:14:00

U.S. Air Force investigators found "serious misconduct" in the handling of remains of the nation's war dead at the Dover Air Force Base Mortuary, the Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday.

Air Force to cut thousands of civilian jobsupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 23:04:00

The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday a "restructuring" in its civilian workforce that will mean a net reduction of thousands of civilian jobs.

Top military officers warn about effects of potential spending cutsupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 18:24:00

The top military officers were on Capitol Hill Wednesday warning what one called the "catastrophic" impact of further defense cuts, and providing more detail about what potentially would get cut if a deal on the budget was not reached and automatic cuts were imposed.

Computer virus hits U.S. drone fleetupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 11:11:00

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America's Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots' every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.

Air Force ends lock down after report of armed gunman on baseupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 22:11:00

U.S. Air Force officials called off their response late Friday afternoon at a Tucson, Arizona, base after reports that an armed man had entered an office building, the U.S. military branch said in a statement.

Charges filed in slayings of U.S. airmen in Germanyupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 01:47:00

A man accused of killing two United States Air Force servicemen outside an airport in Germany was charged on Tuesday in a formal complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Air Force grounds F-22s over oxygen system concernsupdated: Thu May 05 2011 20:51:00

The U.S. Air Force has grounded its entire F-22 Raptor fleet amidst continuing concern over how the fighter jet provides oxygen to the pilot, according Capt. Jennifer Faerrau, a spokesperson for the Air Force's Air Combat Command.

Downed F-15 crew on Libya rescue: 'The best feeling'updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 09:54:00

For hours on March 21, U.S. Air Force Maj. Kenneth Harney of Lexington, Kentucky, and Capt. Tyler Stark of Littleton, Colorado, were the focus of nearly every U.S. service member in the Mediterranean Sea region. Nearly a dozen aircraft, a platoon of Marines and even Libyan civilians worked to rescue Harney and Stark after their F-15 crashed in eastern Libya.

U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libyaupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 09:54:00

From March: A U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashed in Libya. Both Americans on the plane are safe and in U.S. hands.

Air Force checking its 737s in wake of Southwest incidentupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 12:02:00

The U.S. Air Force says the military versions of the Boeing 737 that are used for VIP flights have been re-inspected after part of the ceiling of a similar type of Southwest Airlines plane ripped off in flight, allowing passengers to see the sky and forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing.

U.S. scales back military aid units in Japanupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 22:21:00

The Department of Defense is reducing the number of ships and aircraft it is contributing to Operation Tomodachi, the response to the earthquake and tsunami on March 11 and the nuclear crisis they created.

Killer of U.S. airmen is radical Muslim, German official saysupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 11:30:00

The man suspected of shooting and killing two U.S. Air Force servicemen in Germany was seeking revenge because of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, according to a warrant issued on Friday for the suspect.

Air Force defends WikiLeaks news cutoffupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 19:57:00

The U.S. Air Force defended its decision to cut off access to WikiLeaks and news organizations that published the same classified documents Wednesday despite criticism of what one observer called a "pointless" move.

Air Force cutting off access to WikiLeaks newsupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 11:30:00

The U.S. Air Force is denying its personnel access to websites carrying documents released by WikiLeaks, including those of some news organizations, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

3 discharged gay service members suing for reinstatementupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 12:21:00

A federal lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of three service members discharged from the U.S. military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, asking for their reinstatement, according to attorneys representing the three.

Lesbian major dismissed under 'don't ask, don't tell' being reinstatedupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 07:52:00

A decorated flight nurse dismissed under the "don't ask, don't tell" military policy will be reinstated with the U.S. Air Force, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington said.

Senators: Time for DADT to 'take a hike'updated: Wed Nov 24 2010 07:52:00

Senate Democrats speak out on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and press for action during the lame duck session.

Air Force chief: Airstrikes still very much restrictedupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 18:54:00

The marked increase in airstrikes in Afghanistan does not mean the more restrictive airstrike policy put in place by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been rolled back by the new commander, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff said Tuesday.

Judge orders lesbian Air Force nurse reinstatedupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 15:46:00

A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of an openly lesbian former Air Force major who was dismissed from the military under the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Never asked, never told... until nowupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 15:46:00

A retired airman talks about being gay and serving under "don't ask, don't tell." CNN Photojournalist Ken Tuohey reports.

Air Force hero's actions in Laos finally recognized after 42 yearsupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 18:11:00

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for bravery, to Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger for his valor in saving the lives of three wounded comrades at a then-secret base in Laos in 1968, the White House announced Friday.

Competency tests ordered for suspect in airline flight diversionupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 18:41:00

A federal magistrate ordered a competency evaluation Wednesday for the former Air Force intelligence specialist accused of making false bomb threats Tuesday that diverted an international commercial flight.

Passenger says there was security issueupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 18:41:00

CNN's Rick Sanchez talks with Sandy Zusmann, a passenger on a flight diverted from Atlanta, Georgia, to Bangor, Maine.

Officials: Suspect in diverted flight used to be in Air Forceupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 17:11:00

A man detained after claiming he had explosives on a trans-Atlantic flight Tuesday served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence specialist for four years, Air Force officials said.

Paris to Atlanta flight diverted to Maineupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 17:11:00

A disruptive passenger caused Delta Air Lines to divert an Atlanta, Georgia-bound flight to Bangor, Maine.

Northrop: No bid on tanker contractupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 21:26:00

Northrop Grumman Corp. said it will not bid on a multi-billion-dollar contract to build a new air refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force because it believes the rules for the contract favor its competitor, Boeing.

Intriguing people for February 11, 2010updated: Thu Feb 11 2010 08:18:00

Nelson Mandela: Two decades before he became the first president of a democratic South Africa, Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 1974. Jailed on charges of treason and sabotage -- but fundamentally for his anti-apartheid activities -- he spent nearly 27 years in various prisons. During that time, his mother and son died, and his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (now his ex-wife), faced continual arrests and harassment, according to his official biography.

U.S. Air Force drops 55,000 pounds of food, water into Haitiupdated: Mon Jan 18 2010 21:50:00

Bypassing the gridlock of Haiti's main airport and congestion of roadways in the earthquake-ravaged country, the U.S. military delivered badly needed food and water on Monday by parachute.

From Air Force vet to groomerupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 17:11:00

A Georgia woman hopes to cash in on Americans' love for their pets by starting a dog grooming business.

Military mortuary open to media for first time since 1991updated: Mon Apr 06 2009 11:20:00

For the first time since media coverage was banned in 1991, the return of the body of a fallen member of the U.S. armed forces was opened to news outlets late Sunday.

Air Force jet crashes in California; pilot killedupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 21:47:00

An Air Force F-22A fighter jet crashed Wednesday near Edwards Air Force Base in California, killing the test pilot, the Air Force said.

US Airways captain the 'consummate pilot'updated: Fri Jan 16 2009 22:43:00

Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III was "the right guy at the right time at the right moment" to guide a jet safely onto the surface of the Hudson River, a neighbor and friend said.

Pilot's wife 'proud, grateful'updated: Fri Jan 16 2009 22:43:00

Pilot C.B. Sullenberger's wife says she is very proud of her husband and grateful that everyone on the plane is safe.

U.S. begins Darfur supply flightsupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 14:44:00

The U.S. Air Force has begun flying equipment into Darfur to support a United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged Sudanese province, the military announced Wednesday.

Air Force nuclear unit fails inspectionupdated: Thu Dec 18 2008 14:36:00

For the fifth time this year, a U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons unit failed an inspection, this time because of failure to document its handling of nuclear missiles and other critical issues, Air Force officials said.

Air Force grounds jets used to protect ground troops in combatupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 19:11:00

The U.S. Air Force is grounding more than 100 planes used to support ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan because of fatigue cracks in the wings, Air Force officials said Friday.

Two bodies found after B-52 crash near Guamupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 18:04:00

Two airmen were found dead in the Pacific Ocean and rescuers were trying to find four others after a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed off the island of Guam on Monday, the Air Force said.

Time.com: Are US Nukes in Europe Secure?updated: Thu Jun 19 2008 06:00:00

European air force bases that store U.S. nuclear bombs are failing to meet basic security requirements to safeguard them

Time.com: US Air Force Rapped Over Contract updated: Wed Jun 18 2008 23:35:00

The GAO rules that a flawed process saw a U.S.-European consortium win a bid to build a new refueling tanker. The response on Capitol Hill was all about home-state jobs

Time.com: A New Leader for a New Air Forceupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 00:10:00

For the first time, the service's chief will not be a former bomber or pilot -- signaling change that the Defense Secretary wants

Moisture caused B-2 crashupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 20:48:00

The U.S. Air Force reports that the first crash of a stealth bomber, caused by moisture in the sensors, cost $1.4 billion.

Air Force officials ousted over nuclear gaffesupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 19:18:00

The top military and civilian leaders of the U.S. Air Force were forced out Thursday over the handling of nuclear weapons, the Defense Department secretary said.

Top Air Force brass cannedupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 19:18:00

Defense Secretary Gates says top Air Force officials will be fired after a report into the transport of nuclear weapons.

WWII fliers honoredupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 06:25:00

A historic flyover honors the 30,000 American airmen who gave their lives flying from British bases during WWII.

Rare 'war birds' fly over Washingtonupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 06:25:00

It was a truly unusual sight as three vintage "war birds" flew over the U.S. Air Force Memorial near the Pentagon to help honor Americans lost in World War II during combat missions from airfields in England.

Time.com: A New Bomber with No Pilot? updated: Mon Apr 07 2008 13:00:00

First it was missile-bearing drones. Now pressure is growing on the Air Force to make its next bomber remote-controlled

Northrop Grumman gets $40B deal to replace Air Force tankersupdated: Sat Mar 01 2008 22:28:00

The U.S. Air Force on Friday announced one of the largest military acquisition programs in U.S. history, saying the service had chosen Northrop Grumman over Boeing to replace its aging air refueling tanker fleet.

$40 billion Air Force tanker deal expected updated: Wed Feb 27 2008 22:04:00

The U.S. Air Force is expected to announce this week a $40 billion contract to replace its aging fleet of air refueling tankers, a process which has been mired in corruption and political wrangling for years.

B-2 bomber flights on 'pause' after crash updated: Mon Feb 25 2008 11:55:00

The U.S. Air Force's B-2 flight operations remain suspended in the United States and Guam after the weekend crash of a batwing stealth aircraft in Guam, according to an Air Force spokesman.

Time.com: Gates Down on the F-22updated: Thu Feb 07 2008 15:00:00

The Secretary of Defense made clear to Congress that the number of F-22 fighters sought by the Air Force is excessive

UFOs? Nope. They were fighter jets, Air Force saysupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 09:54:00

Ten Air Force Reserve F-16 fighter jets were the cause of the lights seen over parts of central Texas earlier this month that many believed to be UFOs, according to an Air Force Reserve news release.

F-15s may be grounded for goodupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 06:11:00

A structural flaw that caused an Air Force F-15 to break apart may doom the frontline jet. CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports.

Time.com: Helping the Air Force Win WWII updated: Sun Dec 23 2007 11:50:00

If aerial dogfights were still part of warfare, the F-22 would give the U.S. an edge. But today, they are the stuff of video games

Air Force again grounds most of F-15 fleetupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 16:20:00

A week after lifting a flight ban on more than 400 F-15 fighters, the U.S. Air Force once again grounded most of the fleet because of potential problems that could lead to the planes falling apart in mid-air.

Air Force grounds F-15s in Afghanistan after Missouri crashupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 20:25:00

A mandatory grounding of Air Force F-15s has been expanded to cover those flying combat missions over Afghanistan after a crash in Missouri last week, Air Force officials said Monday.

Air Force officers relieved of duty over loose nukesupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 19:37:00

A six-week probe into the mistaken flight of nuclear warheads across the country uncovered a "lackadaisical" attention to detail in day-to-day operations at the air bases involved in the incident, an Air Force official said Friday.

Loose nukes scareupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 19:37:00

Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne talks about the mistaken flight of nuclear warheads across the country in August.

Quade: Secretive military team allows reporter insideupdated: Mon Mar 19 2007 09:45:00

The U.S. Air Force's Combat Search and Rescue community is close-knit, secretive, tight.

Elite team rescues troops behind enemy linesupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 16:39:00

As a member of the U.S. Air Force's elite Combat Search and Rescue team, "Dan," a pararescueman, or PJ, is used to saving the lives of fellow U.S. and coalition troops in battlefield situations. But last month, he was the one in need of rescue.

Futuristic slingshot whips satellites to spaceupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 11:49:00

Astronauts are trained to withstand as much as nine times the force of gravity. (Three Gs, by comparison, could make the average guy pass out.) But even the toughest among them fall out of the running when it comes to a launch concept from a small civilian company in Goleta, California.

Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter jet missing in Iraqupdated: Tue Nov 28 2006 06:45:00

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has not found the pilot of an Air Force fighter jet a day after it crashed in Iraq.

Thunderbirds fulfill her lifelong need for speedupdated: Fri Sep 29 2006 13:09:00

Air Force Maj. Nicole Malachowski says she always has wanted to fly -- and fly fast. She got her private pilot's certificate before she got her driver's license, and she's been soaring ever since.

Air Force woman missing from Kyrgyzstan mallupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 08:59:00

A U.S. Air Force officer is missing after a trip to a shopping mall in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, a U.S. military statement said Wednesday.

Joint Fighter's uncertain futureupdated: Wed Jul 19 2006 07:43:00

It is one of the most ambitious and daring fighter jet projects ever conceived by the Pentagon -- a four-year program involving the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines and nine partner countries.

More of your information than you think might be onlineupdated: Mon Jun 12 2006 17:20:00

If you are worried about a thief stealing your identity, it's not your wallet that needs guarding -- it's your state and local governments.

U.S. Air Force lifts London banupdated: Tue Jul 12 2005 05:30:00

An order banning U.S. Air Force personnel at two British bases from traveling to London has been lifted.

Pilot of U.S. spy plane killedupdated: Wed Jun 22 2005 02:27:00

An American U-2 spy plane crashed early Wednesday morning in the United Arab Emirates, killing the pilot, U.S. military officials said.

Air Force probes religious bias charges at academyupdated: Tue May 03 2005 16:35:00

The U.S. Air Force said Tuesday it will appoint a task force to investigate allegations of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy.

New videos show Predators at work in Iraqupdated: Tue Feb 08 2005 16:13:00

Newly released military video reveals unmanned U.S. Predators firing Hellfire missiles to rescue U.S. troops under fire in Iraq and destroy insurgent targets.

Nevada crash grounds F-22 fightersupdated: Wed Dec 22 2004 21:35:00

An F-22 Raptor, the Air Force's next-generation fighter, crashed Monday night while on a training mission in the Nevada desert, according to U.S. Air Force officials.

Audit says military is buying deficient planesupdated: Sat Jul 24 2004 21:51:00

An audit by the Department of Defense inspector-general criticizes the Air Force for spending $2.6 billion on airplanes that failed to fulfill the military's requirements.

'Bunker busters' may grow to 30,000 poundsupdated: Tue Jul 20 2004 12:23:00

It's just an idea on paper, but the U.S. Air Force is asking defense contractors how they might develop a 30,000-pound, precision-guided bomb that could destroy targets deep underground, in caves or in hardened bunkers.

Suicide rate on rise in U.S. Air Forceupdated: Fri Jul 16 2004 12:37:00

The U.S. Air Force is reporting an increase in the suicide rate among its personnel this year but has been unable to identify a reason for the rise, a spokesman said.

Pacific command orders conduct review updated: Tue Mar 09 2004 21:28:00

At least 92 allegations of sexual assault, including rape, involving U.S. Air Force personnel in the Pacific were reported over the past three years, according to a review ordered by the region's commander.

Fortune: MANAGING, AMERICAN INDIAN-STYLEupdated: Mon Oct 14 1996 00:01:00

It's no secret that Native Americans have lost market share in North America. The fowls of the air, the fish of the sea (and pretty much everything else in between) once was theirs. Now? Less. For ...

Fortune: AGING AIRCRAFT GIVE MAINTENANCE FIRM A LIFTupdated: Mon Sep 18 1995 00:01:00

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Fortune: CLASSIFIED STOCKING STUFFER /updated: Mon Dec 27 1993 00:01:00

Ever doubt that Santa has his sources? Just in time for Christmas, Testor, a model-making company in Rockford, Illinois, has unveiled its kit for a replica of the SR-75 Penetrator, which it claims ...

Fortune: THE 10,000-MPH AIRLINER Aviation stands on the threshold of a new giant leap: hypersonic flight. Aerospace and other companies aupdated: Mon Dec 08 1986 00:01:00

AROUND THE COUNTRY wind tunnels are rumbling, computers whirring, construction workers expanding test buildings. From NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia and Edwards Air Force Base in Southe...

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