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A B-52 Stratofortress returns to RAF Fairford, England, after flying a sortie over Norway, March 28, 2019.

A major US bomber deployment to Europe led to some amazing photos — and to some close encounters with Russia

US and Russian aircraft have been operating in close proximity to one another as a massive B-52 force trains alongside NATO allies in Europe.
A KC-46 Pegasus refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II with 1,500 pounds of fuel July 15, 2016.

Boeing is ramping up inspections after the US Air Force rejected its new KC-46 tanker planes again

The US Air Force reported finding tools and other debris left by Boeing workers inside new KC-46 tanker planes.
An aerial photo of Offutt Air Force Base and the surrounding areas affected by flood waters in Nebraska.

The Air Force had to evacuate one of its ‘Doomsday’ planes from its base, and it highlights a growing problem for the Pentagon

Flooding at a US Air Force base in Nebraska damaged buildings and forced the removal of a plane integral to the US's nuclear-attack response.
Military officials salute as a B-2 bomber flies overhead.

US Air Force planes can be rented for as little as $917 an hour — here’s how much bombers, fighters, and cargo planes go for

The Air Force has a plane for every mission, and with enough cash, those bombers, fighter jets, and massive cargo planes are available for a joyride.
The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona.

The US Air Force just tested a stealth combat drone for suicide missions against Russia and China

With a range of between 1,500 and 2,000 nautical miles, the Valkyrie far outranges US stealth fighters or fighters of any kind.
A still image from a video posted by US Strategic Command.

Here are some social-media failures and misfires the US military had to walk back in shame

Every day, US military commands reach millions with Twitter and Facebook posts aimed to inform and inspire. But sometimes even these pros screw up.
Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission Aug. 2, 2018.

US B-52 bombers are getting an upgrade that will let them drop smart bombs like never before

America's longest-serving bombers are getting an upgrade that will allow them to drop more bombs in a single run, making them much more lethal.
Three F-35C Lightning II, attached to Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, the "Rough Raiders "Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 and the "Grim Reapers" Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 complete a flight overhead Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Feb. 1, 2019.

US Air Force F-35s wrecked their enemies in mock air combat — even the new pilots were racking up kills against simulated near-peer threats

F-35A pilots easily defeated their opponents in simulated air combat. Even novice pilots were racking up kills against mock near-peer threats.
Mark Kelly, now a retired astronaut and US Senate candidate, before NASA's penultimate space shuttle mission in May 2011.

Trump just got a step closer to creating a US Space Force. Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut and Senate hopeful, has said it’s ‘a dumb ...

President Trump signed a directive to help make a US Space Force. Mark Kelly, a Senate candidate and former NASA astronaut, has called it a dumb idea.
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot maneuvers into formation while waiting for his wingman to conduct refueling operations with a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron Detatchment 1, over Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, March 12, 2018.

US Air Force F-35 pilot says the legendary A-10 is like ‘Chewbacca with chainsaw arms’

"It's like a flying tank, like Chewbacca with chainsaw arms," Capt. James Rosenau, a former A-10 pilot turned F-35 pilot, said of the attack aircraft.