Armed U.S. Predator drones crash, one in Iraq, another in Turkey

Oct 22, 2015

Armed U.S. Predator drones crash, one in Iraq, another in Turkey

The U.S. Air Force recently lost control of two armed Predator drones in separate incidents in Turkey and Iraq, a U.S. military official said Wednesday. The Predators were both carrying air-to-surface Hellfire missiles when they crashed, but these were safely recovered along with the ...

U.S. Air Force plans Okinawa Osprey drills

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force plans Okinawa Osprey drills

The U.S. Air Force is considering conducting drills using CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft in Japan, including in Okinawa, it was learned Wednesday. On the day, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau presented to the prefecture documents prepared by the U.S. military, including drill plans ...

Sep 15, 2015

U.S. general sounds alarm: Russia closing gap in air power

A U.S. Air Force general on Monday cited what he called “alarming” moves by the Russian military to beef up its air forces in the years since the invasion of Georgia in 2008 and to establish firm defenses around areas like Crimea. Gen. Frank ...

Air Force's hush-hush mini-shuttle sent into space

May 21, 2015

Air Force's hush-hush mini-shuttle sent into space

A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments. The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the Atlantic. This is the fourth ...

Apr 9, 2015

Saudi-led air war on Yemen rebels gets U.S. refueling help

The United States has started daily aerial refueling for warplanes in the Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes in Yemen, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The first refueling flight took place on Tuesday night with a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker providing fuel for a F-15 ...

Feb 19, 2015

F-22's belated debut against Islamic State praised by commander

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-22 fighter jet, making its debut in warfare more than nine years after it was deemed combat-ready, has flown at least 112 missions against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Air Force’s commander of combat forces said. The ...