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  • U.S. flies more than 200 air refuel missions to Mali


  • 2 skydivers, 52 years apart, same lofty goal

    The advice from master to student over the past three years has been simple: Be prepared. Know what to do and how to do it.


  • 2 skydivers, 52 years apart, same lofty goal

    The advice from master to student over the past three years has been simple: Be prepared. Know what to do and how to do it.


  • In this March 19, 1954, photo from the Boeing Co. archive, a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress airplane is rolled out of Boeing's historic "Plant 2" in Seattle. After giving birth to some of the world's most significant aircraft, the outdated facility is scheduled to be torn down in the fall of 2010. (AP Photo/Courtesy Boeing Co.)

    PETERS AND WYNNE: Wanted: New planes

    The U.S. Air Force celebrates the 50th birthday of its youngest B-52 Stratofortress this year. This historic warrior and its counterparts predate the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam War and Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.


  • Homes along the waterfront near Galveston, Texas, are severely damaged a day after Hurricane Ike made landfall. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    PERRY AND BRYANT: Air Force move cripples emergency response

    As Hurricane Ike neared the Texas coast in 2008, hundreds of hospital patients and nursing home residents were in harm's way, facing a difficult escape from the storm's path. That's when the C-130s of the 136th Air- lift Wing, based in Fort Worth, Texas, went into action.


  • ** FILE ** Arid Uka (center, seen from behind) waits for the beginning of his trial in a courtroom in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. The Kosovo-born Mr. Uka, 21, confessed to killing two U.S. soldiers at the Frankfurt airport in March 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Suspect admits killing U.S. airmen in Germany

    A 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian confessed Wednesday to killing two U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport, saying in emotional testimony at the opening of his trial that he had been influenced by radical Islamic propaganda online.


  • Air Force deserves best refueling tankers

    Frank J. Gaffney Jr.'s Tuesday Commentary column, "Scandalous air tanker decision" may turn out to be rightly headlined, but for all the wrong reasons. The Air Force will soon decide which company will provide it with new aerial-refueling tankers, a decision that will impact U.S. power projection for the next 50 years. Two global companies are competing for the contract, and both plan to build the aircraft in the United States. Each also claims about the same number of U.S. jobs supported by the awarding of the contract.


  • Raytheon unveils Scorpion helmet technology

    As the desert landscape unfolds ahead, the jet fighter pilot glances to his right. Spotting an enemy target, a sensor attached to his helmet relays the information straight back to his flight controls, allowing him to fire immediately without turning his aircraft.


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