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Air Force special ops planes to train at D-M in July

A group of U-28A turboprops used for special operations by the U.S. Air Force will fly out of Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB at the end of the month.... Read more»

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F-35 flights resume after 11-day grounding at Luke AFB

The U.S. Air Force said on Monday it will resume local flying operations of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 jets at Luke Air Force base in Arizona after an 11-day suspension. ... Read more»

RAF choppers, U.S. F-16s to train at D-M in June

A trio of Royal Air Force helicopters and U.S. F-16s from Texas and Oklahoma will fly out of Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB through the end of the month.... Read more»

F-35s still grounded at Luke AFB over oxygen issues

About a quarter of the Air Force's F-35 fighter jets, or 55 planes, have stopped flying until further notice because of irregularities in pilots' oxygen supplies. Training flights at Arizona's Luke AFB were canceled Friday and scheduled to resume Monday, but the grounding was extended indefinitely.... Read more»

World War II women pilots let back in Arlington – after a fight

In many ways, it was a typical Arlington National Cemetery funeral – a color guard and fly-over, a rifle salute, a carefully folded flag and the playing of “Taps.” In other ways, it was not typical at all – no carriage, no grave and few, if any, tears. But WWII-era Women Airforce Service Pilots – WASPs – are again allowed to rest there.... Read more»

GAO: Air Force plan to retire A-10 did not fully weigh impact, costs

The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said.... Read more»

Air Guard F-16s to fly over Tucson-area July 4 events

A pair of F-16 jet fighters will streak across the Tucson valley around noon on Monday, flying above a trio of July 4 parades.... Read more»

Air Guard to conduct F-16 flyovers for Memorial Day events

A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons will fly over Tucson-area Memorial Day ceremonies, including services in Marana, Green Valley and Corona de Tucson as well as within the city.... Read more»

D-M could host F-35 reserve squadron, Air Force announces

Tucson's Davis-Monthan is among four bases being considered as possible hosts for an Air Force Reserve squadron of F-35 fighter jets within the next seven years, officials said Tuesday. The Air Force has repeatedly tried to phase out the base's mainstay, the A-10 close air support jet. ... Read more»

One last battle for WWII women pilots: A final resting place

In the serene rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery lie the remains of those who served their country in the armed forces. But after several years during which those who served during World War II with the Women Airforce Service Pilots were inurned at Arlington, the secretary of the Army said last year that the policy was a mistake. ... Read more»

Update: Wildfire sparked by Air Force training burns 1,000 acres

A fire burning north of Arivaca scorched more than 1,000 acres Monday and Tuesday, officials said. The blaze was sparked when an airman attempted to signal an aircraft overhead during search and rescue training Monday afternoon. The Amigo Wash fire was about 75 percent contained Tuesday evening... Read more»

Pentagon: A-10s will fly through 2022

The Air Force's A-10 attack jets will not be retired until at least 2022, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, previewing the Obama administration's military budget. The planes, including those based in Tucson, had been on a path to an earlier retirement in favor of the F-35, with some already grounded.... Read more»

Taiwan IDs F-16 pilot killed in Az crash

The pilot of an F-16 that crashed near Prescott has been identified by Taiwanese officials. Maj. Kao Ting-cheng of the Taiwan Air Force died on a training mission out of Luke Air Force Base, near Phoenix.... Read more»

Body found at F-16 crash site in Az, Taiwanese pilot presumed dead

An F-16 fighter jet based at Luke AFB in Glendale crashed Thursday morning near Bagdad, Ariz., west of Prescott. A body was later found at the crash site, and the student pilot from the Taiwanese air force was presumed to have been killed, U.S. Air Force officials said.... Read more»

McSally hails reports Air Force backing off A-10 retirement

The Pentagon "is finally coming to its senses," said Rep. Martha McSally, welcoming reports that the military is backing off plans to retire the Air Force's fleet of A-10 attack aircraft, including planes based at Tucson's Davis-Monthan.... Read more»

$25M hangar opens at D-M boneyard

A new 76,000-square-foot maintenance hangar at Tucson's military aircraft storage facility will be used to inspect and repair planes returning to service. ... Read more»

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