Firefighters and military personnel inspect the site where an Air Force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane with 12 crew aboard has crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city Medan. (AP Photo/Gilbert Manullang)
The Air Force has returned to flight duty the four B-1B crew members who dropped two bombs that killed five U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in June — the deadliest "friendly fire" incident in the long war. (Associated Press)
The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. For several years, SpaceX and ULA have engaged in a fierce battle to compete for lucrative contracts to launch national security satellites as part of the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. (Associated Press)
The Senate Armed Services Committee criticized the Air Force for not moving briskly enough away from older Russian rocket engines, a move many see as politically retaliatory for Moscow's actions in Ukraine. (Associated Press)
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, last week kept up his attack on the Air Force plans to shelve the A-10, calling them a "folly," after a USA Today report implied the plane is dangerous to friendly troops and civillians. The Air Force argues the deactivating the A-10s would save $4.2 billion. (Associated Press)
Comedian George Carlin joined the United States Air Force and was trained as a radar technician. He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. He also began working as a disc jockey at radio station KJOE, in nearby Shreveport. Labeled an "unproductive airman" by his superiors, Carlin was discharged early on July 29, 1957. During his time in the Air Force he had been court martialed three times, and also received many nonjudicial punishments.
Johnny Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, Texas, Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, Germany as a Morse Code Intercept Operator for Soviet Army transmissions. It was there he created his first band, named "The Landsberg Barbarians." He was the first radio operator to pick up the news of the death of Joseph Stalin. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on July 3, 1954, and returned to Texas. Singer Johnny Cash looks back to his days in the Air Force in 1952, on "The Johnny Cash Christmas Special," to be shown Nov. 30, 1977 on CBS-TV. (AP Photo/CBS-TV)
This June 24, 2014, file photo, shows an ICBM launch site located among fields and farms in the countryside outside Minot, N.D. The Air Force on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, fired two more nuclear commanders and disciplined a third. The actions were confirmed to the Associated Press in response to an AP inquiry about an internal Air Force investigation of two commanders at the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., which also is responsible for 150 Minuteman 3 missiles. (Associated Press)
Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, have criticized the Air Force's decision to retire the A-10 Warthogs in favor of keeping the B-1B aircraft in play as the A-10s are the only aircraft specifically devoted to close air support. Mr. McCain, himself a former Air Force pilot, was incensed upon first learning of the A-10's retirement.
From left, Rep. Bill Cassidy, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, and Sen. Mary Landrieu wait moments before the debate, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)
Members of Western Michigan University's ROTC Army and Air Force salute as the American flag hoisted to fly at half-staff during a remembrance ceremony honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Mark Bugnaski) ** FILE **