us air force http://nwpr.org en Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash http://nwpr.org/post/two-northwest-airmen-killed-uk-helicopter-crash <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/010914JR_NWAirmen_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Two airmen from the Northwest were killed in a helicopter crash in England this week. One grew up in north Idaho, the other hailed from Vancouver, Wash.<p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:31:18 +0000 Jessica Robinson 39819 at http://nwpr.org Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash NW Military Band's History Comes To End As Air Force Shifts Focus http://nwpr.org/post/nw-military-bands-history-comes-end-air-force-shifts-focus <p></p><p>A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend. The military is deactivating the 560th Air Force Band, based out of Spokane.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:13:59 +0000 Jessica Robinson 33753 at http://nwpr.org NW Military Band's History Comes To End As Air Force Shifts Focus After 44 Years, Burial Is Bittersweet For Family Of Missing U.S. Officer http://nwpr.org/post/after-44-years-burial-bittersweet-family-missing-us-officer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/071213JR_SoldierRemains_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The family of a missing Air Force pilot will finally lay him to rest Saturday at a cemetery in Walla Walla. The military retrieved the remains of Major Larry J. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:33:35 +0000 Jessica Robinson 30877 at http://nwpr.org After 44 Years, Burial Is Bittersweet For Family Of Missing U.S. Officer Fairchild Loses First Round In Competition For Tankers http://nwpr.org/post/fairchild-loses-first-round-competition-tankers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/052213JR_TankerFleet_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>People living near Fairchild Air Force Base say they’re not worried by news they won’t get a brand new fleet of Boeing-built Air Force refueling tankers. The Air Force made the announcement Wednesday following a process that pitted Spokane against other other communities around the country.<p>McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas got the nod to be the first to house the new KC-46A refueling tankers. That dismayed Washington Sen. Wed, 22 May 2013 23:55:52 +0000 Jessica Robinson 27990 at http://nwpr.org Fairchild Loses First Round In Competition For Tankers Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track http://nwpr.org/post/air-force-says-new-air-refueling-tanker-program-track <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/050613TB_FairchildTanker_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>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. The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation. The crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.<p>The doomed Fairchild Air Force Base crewmates were flying a KC-135 Stratotanker built by Boeing in the early 1960s. Mon, 06 May 2013 23:08:39 +0000 Tom Banse 27075 at http://nwpr.org Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track