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Boeing nearing air tanker delivery to Air Force
 Aerospace giant Boeing plans to deliver the first KC-46 aerial refueling tankers to the Air Force by December, but the service branch expects the schedule will slip into spring 2018, according to a top Air Force leader of the program. Brig. Gen. Donna Shipton, Tankers Directorate program executive officer at Wright-Patterson, said Boeing...

Posted: 11 days ago

Aerospace giant Boeing plans to deliver the first KC-46 aerial refueling tankers to the Air Force by December, but the service branch expects the schedule will slip into spring 2018, according to a top Air Force leader of the program. Brig. Gen. Donna Shipton, Tankers Directorate program executive officer at Wright-Patterson, said Boeing...
Southwest Ohio provides sanctuary, resources as Hurricane Irma nears
 As more military planes landed Friday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to avoid the destructive path of powerful Hurricane Irma barreling towards Florida, nearly 100 medical personnel at the base were put on standby to respond to the massive storm’s aftermath. Irma — downgraded Friday to a category 4 storm yet still packing...

Posted: 13 days ago

As more military planes landed Friday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to avoid the destructive path of powerful Hurricane Irma barreling towards Florida, nearly 100 medical personnel at the base were put on standby to respond to the massive storm’s aftermath. Irma — downgraded Friday to a category 4 storm yet still packing...
Jets to fly over Miami Valley today as they escape Hurricane Irma
 Military planes fleeing powerful Hurricane Irma landed at Wright-Patterson on Friday as the churning storm that caused deadly destruction in the Caribbean takes aim at Florida. The Wright-Patterson flight line since Thursday has recorded the arrival of 12 F-15 Eagle fighter planes from the Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville, and four...

Posted: 14 days ago

Military planes fleeing powerful Hurricane Irma landed at Wright-Patterson on Friday as the churning storm that caused deadly destruction in the Caribbean takes aim at Florida. The Wright-Patterson flight line since Thursday has recorded the arrival of 12 F-15 Eagle fighter planes from the Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville, and four...
Wright Patterson marks 100 years at Huffman Prairie celebration
 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base marks its 100th anniversary Saturday on the field where the Wright brothers soared in box-like planes made of fabric, wire and wood to perfect powered flight. The Miami Valley military base charts its lineage to the creation of the Army Air Service’s Wilbur Wright Field and McCook Field in 1917 in Dayton...

Posted: 14 days ago

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base marks its 100th anniversary Saturday on the field where the Wright brothers soared in box-like planes made of fabric, wire and wood to perfect powered flight. The Miami Valley military base charts its lineage to the creation of the Army Air Service’s Wilbur Wright Field and McCook Field in 1917 in Dayton...
Florida fighter jets head to Wright Patt to evade Hurricane Irma
 Eight F-15 Eagle Florida Air National Guard fighter jets landed at Wright-Patterson on Thursday to evade the landfall of powerful Hurricane Irma, according to base officials. The jets flying in from Jacksonville, Fla., were the first of what was expected to be an exodus of military aircraft landing at the airfield. Arrivals were expected...

Posted: 15 days ago

Eight F-15 Eagle Florida Air National Guard fighter jets landed at Wright-Patterson on Thursday to evade the landfall of powerful Hurricane Irma, according to base officials. The jets flying in from Jacksonville, Fla., were the first of what was expected to be an exodus of military aircraft landing at the airfield. Arrivals were expected...
Stealth bombers, UFO rumors, test pilots among Wright Patterson’s past 100 years
 For a century, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s legend was being the birthplace of the military test pilot, where foreign aircraft and missile technology secrets were discovered, and of long denied rumors of space aliens and UFO captivity. But what marks Wright-Patterson’s history in the Miami Valley more than anything else as...

Posted: 15 days ago

For a century, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s legend was being the birthplace of the military test pilot, where foreign aircraft and missile technology secrets were discovered, and of long denied rumors of space aliens and UFO captivity. But what marks Wright-Patterson’s history in the Miami Valley more than anything else as...
Trump ban on transgender troops draws fire
 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is leaving an Obama-era policy on transgender military service members largely intact, saying he needs input from an expert panel to determine the best way to implement President Trump’s ban. In July, Trump announced on Twitter transgender troops would not be allowed to serve in the military in any capacity...

Posted: 20 days ago

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is leaving an Obama-era policy on transgender military service members largely intact, saying he needs input from an expert panel to determine the best way to implement President Trump’s ban. In July, Trump announced on Twitter transgender troops would not be allowed to serve in the military in any capacity...
Wright-Patt air crews deliver 35 tons to Hurricane-ravaged Texas
 Wright-Patterson C-17 air crews were on alert today and Friday ready to fly to Texas after two of the cargo jets delivered troops, food and equipment to flooded areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey, a spokesman said. One C-17 Globemaster III jet remained in Texas overnight Wednesday shuttling cargo between locations Thursday, said Lt. Col...

Posted: 21 days ago

Wright-Patterson C-17 air crews were on alert today and Friday ready to fly to Texas after two of the cargo jets delivered troops, food and equipment to flooded areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey, a spokesman said. One C-17 Globemaster III jet remained in Texas overnight Wednesday shuttling cargo between locations Thursday, said Lt. Col...
Wright-Patt C17 crews involved in Texas rescue efforts
 Two C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets based at Wright-Patterson were flying to Texas today to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey unleashed high winds and devastating floods that have forced thousands to flee. The first flight was due to land at Biggs Army Air Field near El Paso, Texas, to pick up 35 tons of equipment for transport to...

Posted: 22 days ago

Two C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets based at Wright-Patterson were flying to Texas today to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey unleashed high winds and devastating floods that have forced thousands to flee. The first flight was due to land at Biggs Army Air Field near El Paso, Texas, to pick up 35 tons of equipment for transport to...
Portman doesn’t expect government shutdown despite Trump remarks
 Despite President Donald Trump’s talk of a possible partial federal government shutdown at the end of next month, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman doesn’t think one will happen. That would be good news to thousands of civil service employees at Wright-Patterson, many of whom were sent home on furlough for several days the last time a federal...

Posted: 24 days ago

Despite President Donald Trump’s talk of a possible partial federal government shutdown at the end of next month, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman doesn’t think one will happen. That would be good news to thousands of civil service employees at Wright-Patterson, many of whom were sent home on furlough for several days the last time a federal...
Pioneering Marine aviator chosen for National Hall of Fame award
 The first African-American Marine Corps officer to become an aviator and reach the rank of general was chosen for the 2017 Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award, the National Aviation Hall of Fame has announced. The late Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen will be honored at the NAHF enshrinement dinner Oct. 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. &ldquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

The first African-American Marine Corps officer to become an aviator and reach the rank of general was chosen for the 2017 Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award, the National Aviation Hall of Fame has announced. The late Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen will be honored at the NAHF enshrinement dinner Oct. 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. &ldquo...
When hurricanes strike, Wright-Patt crews have taken to the air
 As Hurricane Harvey rolls toward the Texas coast, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base airmen have a history of flying patients and cargo to aid disaster relief efforts after major hurricanes roiled the U.S. coastline. Base officials indicated Friday they have not been contacted by federal authorities for help, but in past years requests have...

Posted: 27 days ago

As Hurricane Harvey rolls toward the Texas coast, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base airmen have a history of flying patients and cargo to aid disaster relief efforts after major hurricanes roiled the U.S. coastline. Base officials indicated Friday they have not been contacted by federal authorities for help, but in past years requests have...
J.D. Vance returns home to focus on jobs, drug crisis
 J.D. Vance reached a pinnacle as a best-selling author recounting his tribulations growing up in a “chaotic and dysfunctional home” in Middletown. But the 33-year-old Yale Law School graduate and a principal in a Silicon Valley venture capital firm moved back to Ohio early this year in the midst of winter from San Francisco, California...

Posted: 28 days ago

J.D. Vance reached a pinnacle as a best-selling author recounting his tribulations growing up in a “chaotic and dysfunctional home” in Middletown. But the 33-year-old Yale Law School graduate and a principal in a Silicon Valley venture capital firm moved back to Ohio early this year in the midst of winter from San Francisco, California...
Local companies win millions of dollars in defense contracts
 Two Dayton area defense contractors have landed millions of dollars in new work, according to the Department of Defense. GE Aviation was awarded a $11.7 million contract to produce alternative generators at its Vandalia factory for the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. The facility employs about 350 workers, but no new jobs were expected under...

Posted: 29 days ago

Two Dayton area defense contractors have landed millions of dollars in new work, according to the Department of Defense. GE Aviation was awarded a $11.7 million contract to produce alternative generators at its Vandalia factory for the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. The facility employs about 350 workers, but no new jobs were expected under...
Trump’s Afghanistan plan won’t lead to early exit
 As the United States prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan within days or weeks, a former top U.S. commander says Americans should not expect an early exit “The option of pulling out of Afghanistan was the worst of all options,” retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, a former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in a conference...

Posted: 30 days ago

As the United States prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan within days or weeks, a former top U.S. commander says Americans should not expect an early exit “The option of pulling out of Afghanistan was the worst of all options,” retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, a former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in a conference...
$7M behind push to make Ohio landing site for drone work
 More than three years since Ohio was snubbed in a bid for a coveted federally designated drone test site, officials have targeted a renewed push to make the region a leading hot spot to test and build future unmanned aerial technology. Advocates want Ohio to be the test site of “Jetsons-like” personal air vehicles by 2022. They...

9:30 AM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

More than three years since Ohio was snubbed in a bid for a coveted federally designated drone test site, officials have targeted a renewed push to make the region a leading hot spot to test and build future unmanned aerial technology. Advocates want Ohio to be the test site of “Jetsons-like” personal air vehicles by 2022. They...
Hey Connecticut, Back off first flight claims: Ohio was first
 The war between Ohio and Connecticut over who was first in flight has heated up again with both sides claiming pioneering aviators in their home state claim the title. Ohio Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, is scheduled Friday to trek to Huffman Prairie Flying Field where Orville and Wilbur Wright perfected the airplane to present a proclamation...

2:54 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

The war between Ohio and Connecticut over who was first in flight has heated up again with both sides claiming pioneering aviators in their home state claim the title. Ohio Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, is scheduled Friday to trek to Huffman Prairie Flying Field where Orville and Wilbur Wright perfected the airplane to present a proclamation...
Air Guard F-16s to fly over Springfield today
 Fighter jets were set to fly over Springfield this morning on a training exercise with a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, officials said. The F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the 180th Fighter Wing, will be training through 10 a.m., according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The jets are assigned to the Toledo Air National Guard Base. RELATED Air...

12:58 AM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Fighter jets were set to fly over Springfield this morning on a training exercise with a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, officials said. The F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the 180th Fighter Wing, will be training through 10 a.m., according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The jets are assigned to the Toledo Air National Guard Base. RELATED Air...
Air Force testing light-attack plane
 Four planes are in a dogfight of sorts over the skies of the New Mexico desert this month in the hope that one company will land a future lucrative Air Force contract for a light-attack plane. Flight tests will evaluate the performance of the aircraft to determine if the Air Force should have a comparatively less expensive close air support...

7:55 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Four planes are in a dogfight of sorts over the skies of the New Mexico desert this month in the hope that one company will land a future lucrative Air Force contract for a light-attack plane. Flight tests will evaluate the performance of the aircraft to determine if the Air Force should have a comparatively less expensive close air support...
Air Force testing light-attack plane
 Four planes are in a dogfight of sorts over the skies of the New Mexico desert this month in the hope that one company will land a future lucrative Air Force contract for a light-attack plane. Air Force officials say the flights are part of a $6 million experiment and not a competition. The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation...

6:29 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Four planes are in a dogfight of sorts over the skies of the New Mexico desert this month in the hope that one company will land a future lucrative Air Force contract for a light-attack plane. Air Force officials say the flights are part of a $6 million experiment and not a competition. The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation...
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