U.S. Air Force http://www.kplu.org en Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash http://www.kplu.org/post/two-northwest-airmen-killed-uk-helicopter-crash <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two airmen from the Northwest were killed in a helicopter crash in England this week. The Pave Hawk helicopter went down in a marshy nature preserve in eastern England, killing the entire four-member crew.</span></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:10:46 +0000 Jessica Robinson 12445 at http://www.kplu.org Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings http://www.kplu.org/post/sequester-has-air-force-clipping-its-wings The Pentagon says the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration could leave the U.S. with a military that is simply unprepared for the most challenging combat missions. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel <a href="http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS00/20130411/100626/HMTG-113-AS00-Wstate-HagelC-20130411.pdf">told Congress in April</a> that the military is eating its seed corn.<p>"The cuts will fall heavily on maintenance and training, which further erodes the readiness of the force and will be costly to regain in the future," he said. Sat, 11 May 2013 16:57:48 +0000 Larry Abramson 8745 at http://www.kplu.org Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings Air Force says new air refueling tanker program on track http://www.kplu.org/post/air-force-says-new-air-refueling-tanker-program-track <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is planning a public memorial service for three of its airmen killed in a mid-air explosion over central Asia.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation, but the crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:43:36 +0000 Tom Banse 8685 at http://www.kplu.org Air Force says new air refueling tanker program on track Northwest airmen soldiers aiding in Libya operation http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-airmen-soldiers-aiding-libya-operation <p>Some Air Force and Army bases in the Northwest are helping with the Libyan fight. Seven tankers and about 100 airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base are already working in undisclosed locations in support of <a href="http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2011/0311_libya2/">Operation Odyssey Dawn</a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:42:54 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 1071 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest airmen soldiers aiding in Libya operation EADS won't challenge Boeing tanker contract http://www.kplu.org/post/eads-wont-challenge-boeing-tanker-contract <p>Boeing&#39;s chief rival for the lucrative Air Force tanker refueling contract ended a decade-long fight for over the work today, announcing it will not challenge the Defense Department&#39;s award for the project.&nbsp;</p><p>The Herald of Everett&#39;s Michelle Dunlop reports EADS, the European parent company of Airbus, decided a challenge could not be mounted:</p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 22:23:27 +0000 KPLU News Staff 932 at http://www.kplu.org EADS won't challenge Boeing tanker contract Boeing workers and unions celebrate winning bid for Air Force tanker contract http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-workers-and-unions-celebrate-winning-bid-air-force-tanker-contract <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954706.mp3</p><p>It&#39;s <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014330965_tanker26.html">a day of celebration and pride</a> at the Boeing plant in Everett, after the company won the $35 billion-dollar Air Force contract for a new aerial tanker fleet.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:58:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & The Associated Press 883 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing wins massive Air Force refueling tanker contract http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-wins-massive-air-force-refueling-tanker-contract <p>The Pentagon wants Boeing to build the next generation of Air Force refueling tankers. The contract is worth $35 billion. Boeing&#39;s bid beat out rival EADS, parent of Airbus.&nbsp;</p><p>The Air Force has tried for nearly a decade to replace its aging fleet of Eisenhower-era tankers, the equivalent of a flying gas station.</p><p>The planes will be based on Boeing&#39;s 767 jetliner. &nbsp;The work is expected to impact 50,000 jobs, according to the Associated Press.</p><p>Washington&#39;s congressional leaders are celebrating the announcement. In a statement issued shortly after the Pentagon&#39;s choice was made public, Senator Patty Murray cheered the decision:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;This decision is a major victory for the American workers, the American aerospace industry and America&rsquo;s military. And it is consistent with the President&rsquo;s own call to &lsquo;out-innovate&rsquo; and &lsquo;out-build&rsquo; the rest of the world,&quot; Murray stated.</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:37:32 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 871 at http://www.kplu.org Verbal sparring begins as military refueler bids submitted - again http://www.kplu.org/post/verbal-sparring-begins-military-refueler-bids-submitted-again <p>Final bids were submitted Thursday by Boeing and Airbus' parent company, <span><span>EADS</span></span> for the contract to build the Air Force's in-flight refueling tanker. The Air Force could announce the winner as early as next month, but the award is likely to be sidetracked by politics and protests. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:17:09 +0000 Gary Crawford 777 at http://www.kplu.org Verbal sparring begins as military refueler bids submitted - again