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F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes on Training Mission; Pilot Safe


SALINAS PEAK, N.M. -- Authorities say an F-16 fighter jet from an Air Force base in Arizona crashed while on a training mission in New Mexico, but the pilot safely ejected. The Fighting Falcon went down about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday near Salinas Peak, some 45 miles northwest of Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Officials from Luke Air Force Ba... more

Air Force Drone Crashes in Afghanistan

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Hurlburt Field, Fla., in May 2014. Photo: John Bainter/U.S. Air Force

KABUL, Afghanistan — An armed U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed in a remote area near Bagram Air Field Tuesday night, military officials said. The $14 million remotely piloted aircraft went down at about 7:10 p.m., according to an Air Force statement issued Wednesday. “There is no indication of injuries or damage to civilian property as... more

AF Researchers Look to Up Energy Security Through Microgrids

Natural Power Concepts personnel and Lt. Col. Scott Fitzner, of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, inspect the spoke wheel medium wind power system. (Courtesy photo/Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, is exploring microgrid and alternative fuel technologies in an effort to move military operations toward greater energy independence. Under the terms of a recent five-year, $20 million cooper... more

Nuclear Integration Chief Now a 3-Star Job

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein  (Photo: U.S. Air Force.)

WASHINGTON — The Air Force passed another important milestone Nov. 20 as Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, the new deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration at the Pentagon, assumed his new duties. The move elevates the position to the three-star level, another step toward strengthening leadership focus on the nuclear enterp... more

Grand Forks Leaders Hopeful for New Missions at Base

(Photo: U.S. Air Force.)

Grand Forks leaders traveled to Winnipeg late last week in an effort to ensure the community's air base is on a brigadier general's radar. A contingent of Grand Forks officials made a trip Friday to visit U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Chad Manske near North American Aerospace Defense Command operations in Winnipeg. The visit is part of ongoi... more

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