DOJ appeals ruling that mostly blames Air Force for Sutherland Springs church shooting
The Department of Justice on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that determined that the US Air Force was mostly to blame for the 2017 shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs that left 26 people dead and 22 wounded.
US pilot in fighter jet crash named; cause unclear
LONDON – The fighter pilot who died after crashing off the coast of northern England has been identified as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday. Allen, 27, died in a routine training accident that took place at at 9:40 a.m. Monday. Allen, who was from northern Utah, had been based with the 48th Fighter Wing at the Royal Air Force’s Lakenheath base since February of this year. He was the assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen, and mourn with his family and his fellow Reapers in the 493rd Fighter Squadron," said Col. Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander.
Thunderbirds squadron’s origins traced to Kelly Field
SAN ANTONIO – The Thunderbirds are a military institution in the United States, and the origins of the US Air Force air squadron are partially linked to San Antonio. Great pics, videos of Thunderbirds flyover sent in by KSAT viewersThe roots of the Thunderbirds can be traced to June 1917 when the 30th Aero Squadron was organized at Kelly Field in San Antonio. It was demobilized a year later and then reconstituted as the 30th Bombardment Squadron in 1923. The 30th Bombardment Squadron was reassigned to Kelly Field from 1930-1932, but was organized as a Regular Army Inactive (RAI). In September 1985, the 30th Bombardment Squadron was consolidated with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, which is the squadron known publicly as the Thunderbirds.