The New York prison escape that has grabbed national headlines this week seems to have a tangential connection to the Air Force. Police are investigating whether Joyce Mitchell, a civilian prison supervisor who oversaw sewing operations at the prison, became involved with the two escapees and planned to, but didn’t, drive their getaway car. A photo of Mitchell that news sites took from her Facebook page shows her wearing a shirt that says “Air Force Mom. I raised a Hero!” Next to her is a younger man with Airman First Class insignia. NBC News on Wednesday interviewed Tobey Mitchell, whom…

Air Education and Training Command today released a full investigation into last year’s F-35 mishap that caused one of the jets, tail number 10-5015, to be almost completely destroyed by fire during takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The investigation board found that part of an engine rotor broke free during takeoff, cutting through the fan’s case, engine bay, internal fuel tank and hydraulic fluid lines. The fuel and hydraulic fluid ignited, causing a fire that burned the rear two-thirds of the aircraft. The pilot was able to abort the language and exit the aircraft, and emergency responders extinguished the…

Dreamworks Pictures today released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film, “Bridge of Spies,” based on the true story of CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and his 1960 capture by the Soviet Union. In it, Tom Hanks portrays James Donovan, an insurance attorney recruited by the U.S. government to negotiate a spy swap for Powers with the Soviets. If the trailer is any indication, the movie looks like it will have some harrowing scenes behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin, and the images of the shooting down of Powers look gripping. “Bridge of Spies” also co-stars Amy Ryan as Donovan’s…

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is hanging up his Air Force blues. Graham, who has served as a judge advocate general in the Air Force Reserves since 1995 and had previously been on both active duty and the South Carolina Air National Guard, is turning 60 this summer, and hitting the mandatory retirement age. “Although I would cherish the opportunity to continue to serve, I know that the time has come for me to end my service and transfer to the retired reserves,” Graham, a colonel and senior individual mobilization augmentee to the judge advocate general, said in a statement…

Two legends met for the first time last week, when one of the two surviving Doolittle Raiders was introduced to a former Chinese general officer, who flew with the 14th Air Force, heir to the famous Flying Tigers. Lyushun Shen, Taiwan’s top diplomat in the U.S., held a May 19 luncheon with retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Cole, the co-pilot for then Army Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, and former Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of China Air Force Patrick Chen. In 1940, Chen was selected by retired Army Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault to go through flight training in…

With a combined 31,000 hours of searches to their credit, three military working dogs retired May 1 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Sam, Guero and Besy served approximately seven years each under the care of their handlers at the 11th Security Support Squadron, with the exception of Besy, whose career started at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. “With a sense of smell 20 times more powerful than a human’s, MWDs are a vital asset to Air Force operations and are considered essential for detection of explosives, narcotics and can be used as attack dogs when necessary,”  Tech. Sgt.…

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