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Helicopter Crash
4:31 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash

File photo of a Pave Hawk helicopter.
US Air Force

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 8:35 am

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.

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End of Military Band
7:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

NW Military Band's History Comes To End As Air Force Shifts Focus

The Band of the Northwest had a variety program from 1951-52 on KING-TV.
Credit Washington Air Guard

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.

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Vietnam War Pilot
4:33 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

After 44 Years, Burial Is Bittersweet For Family Of Missing U.S. Officer

VFW Post 3377

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:27 pm

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. Hanley, 44 years after he died in the Vietnam War.

In 1969, Hanley was 26 years old when his family learned that his plane went down over Laos.

“All these years we anticipated that he would not come back alive, but you still wanted to know what happened,” says Darlene Allen of Kirkland, Wash., one of Hanley's older sisters.

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Air Force Tankers
4:55 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Fairchild Loses First Round In Competition For Tankers

Boeing

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:55 pm

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.

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. Patty Murray, who said she would press top Pentagon officials for an explanation.

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Air Force Tankers
4:08 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track

Corey Parrish US Air Force

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:06 pm

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.

The doomed Fairchild Air Force Base crewmates were flying a KC-135 Stratotanker built by Boeing in the early 1960s. By all accounts, Air Force mechanics keep the 50-year-old tanker fleet in good condition.

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