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A Sandia National Laboratories engineer performs a final diagnostics check on a data recorder for an impact test on the nose assembly of a mock B61-12.

The Air Force just hit a major milestone with the US military’s upgraded, highly precise nuclear bomb

The B61-12 is supposed to replace four older variants of the B61 nuclear bomb, but critics say it could trigger an arms race.
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, takes off over Las Vegas for an Air Force Weapons School training exercise, June 8, 2017.

2 civilians somehow breached an Air Force base, and were found only when one of them told airmen she’d been kidnapped

The Air Force is still investigating how the two civilians could have easily gained access to the base.
A group of Ukrainian officers enter the U.S. OC-135B observation aircraft at a military base near Kiev

The US Air Force flew an ‘extraordinary’ mission over Ukraine in response to Russia’s attack at sea

A US Air Force observation aircraft flew over Ukraine Thursday in response to "increasingly provocative and threatening" Russian behavior.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin

The 25-year-old Air Force special operator killed by a bomb in Afghanistan is being remembered as a compassionate hero

Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin is remembered by family and friends as a compassionate hero. He was also highly decorated for his age.
A formation of F-35 Lightning IIs from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings stationed at Hill Air Force Base perform aerial maneuvers during as part of a combat power exercise over Utah Test and Training Range, Nov. 19, 2018.

The US Air Force put the destructive power of nearly three dozen F-35 stealth fighters into the air in just 11 minutes

The drill, known as an "elephant walk," surges air combat power rapidly and is a first for the F-35. Here's what it looked like.
An artist's rendering of the first image of a new B-21 Raider long-range bomber, released on February 26, 2016.

The Air Force has picked bases to test its new advanced bomber — here’s where the B-21 Raider is heading

The Air Force expects to starting getting its new B-21 Raider in the mid-2020s, though it won't start getting rid of existing bombers right away.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, left, and the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga, right, sail with 16 other ships from the US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, as US Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft fly overhead during Keen Sword 2019, November 8, 2019.

The US and Japan finished their ‘largest and most complex’ military exercise, amid rising tensions with China

The US and Japan finished the biennial exercise Keen Sword this week, as both face China over disputed areas of the South and East China seas.
A C-5M Super Galaxy taxis down the flight line before takeoff at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, August 17, 2015,

After some touch-ups, the Air Force’s biggest plane is ready to soar for decades, but the service has other transport problems to solve

The Air Force's largest plane, the C-5M Super Galaxy, just finished two decades of upgrades. Now the service plans for more changes to its airlifters.
US Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeric Hernandez, an 86th Munitions Squadron quality-assurance inspector, inspects a recent shipment of large ordnance at Ramstein air base in Germany, October 19, 2018.

The US military’s largest base outside the US just got its biggest ammo delivery in 20 years

The US and NATO have boosted their presence in Europe — including adding to their weapons stockpiles — over the past few years to deter aggression.

Step aboard the SAM 26000 — the first jet-powered aircraft ever built for the president of the United States

The SAM 26000 arrived in 1962 and would go on to carry eight presidents, numerous dignitaries, and countless diplomats during its 36 years in service.