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Luke Air Force Base feels effects of national pilot shortage

Luke Air Force Base is feeling the effects of a national pilot shortage that is leaving the Air Force without enough pilots, maintenance crew and support staff to fully power U.S. military needs.... Read more»

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Iraqi pilot killed when Tucson-based F-16 crashes near Safford

An Iraqi F-16 fighter jet training in Tucson crashed Tuesday afternoon near Safford, Ariz., killing the pilot, officials said. The Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing also conducts training for pilots of allied nations, including Iraq, Singapore, Oman and NATO countries.... 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»

D-M flight training going old school

Among the dozens of visiting fighter planes flying out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this month will be be classic warbirds — P-51 Mustangs, a P-38 Lightning, a P-47 Thunderbolt, two F-86 Sabres and more will take off along with F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, as well as Dutch F-16s and National Guard A-10s.... Read more»

One dead, one hurt in Air Force training accident at White Sands

One person was killed and another hurt during a U.S. Air Force live-fire training accident involving F-16 fighter planes in New Mexico. The jets were based at Luke AFB in Arizona.... Read more»

F-15s, F-16s to visit D-M for training

Groups of F-15 and F-16 fighter jets will be training out of Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB for the next month, along with a visiting group of A-10s.... 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»

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»

Officials: Iraqi pilot killed in Douglas F-16 crash

The Iraqi pilot of an F-16 fighter that went down near Douglas on Wednesday night died in the crash, officials said. The body of Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan, who had been flying a night training mission with the Arizona Air National Guard, was found at the crash site southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

Obama administration helped kill transparency push on military aid

The U.S. spent roughly $25 billion last year on what’s loosely known as security assistance—a term that can cover everything from training Afghan security forces to sending Egypt F-16 fighter jets to equipping Mexican port police with radiation scanners. The spending, which has soared in the past decade, can be hard to trace.... Read more»

FAQ on U.S. aid to Egypt: Where does the money go?

We've taken a step back and tried to answer some basic questions about the aid, including how much the U.S. is giving Egypt, what's changed in the years since the Arab Spring and what all the money buys.... Read more»

#TucsonBoom

Weds. night bump was sonic boom from F-16

A large chunk of Tucson - stretching from Midtown across the mountains to Three Points and northwest to Marana - was rattled Wednesday evening by a loud, deep boom and shaking ground. Late Thursday afternoon, Air Force officials confirmed the noise was a sonic boom from a Luke AFB F-16.... Read more»2

F-35 takes to skies but still on the ground

Sargent Aeropace & Defense, a Marana government contractor, showed off a low-level F-35 flight simulator on Monday morning to about 50 employees and guests.... Read more»

U.S. jet crashes in Libya, crew safe

The U.S. military confirmed one of its fighter jets made a crash landing in Libya after suffering mechanical failure during a third night of allied attacks on Muammar Gaddafi's air defenses.... Read more»

D-M practice flights to rumble Wed, Thurs

Extra noise and irregular flight patterns will be the result of practice flights from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Wednesday and Thursda... Read more»

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