Taiwan deploys advanced F-16V fighter jets amid China threat
Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its air force, as the self-ruled island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China, which claims it as part of its territory. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen commissioned into service 64 upgraded F-16V fighter jets at an air force base in Chiayi on Thursday. The aircraft represent part of Taiwan's total 141 F-16 A/B jets, an older model from the 1990s that will be completely retrofitted by the end of 2023.news.yahoo.com
Tracking the Feuds Plaguing the U.S.-Turkey Alliance
For years, one dispute after another has strained ties between the U.S. and Turkey. The two, which possess the largest armies in NATO, affirm the need to maintain their seven-decade alliance. But they have quarreled over Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile-defense system, U.S. support for a Syrian Kurdish militia that Turkey views as a mortal threat, the rule of law in Turkey, and a U.S. prosecution of one of Turkey’s biggest banks, among other things. Now, Turkey has posed a critical test fowashingtonpost.com
Senate passes a short-term debt limit extension
The U.S. Senate passed a short-term extension of the debt ceiling on Thursday night. The bill allows the nation's borrowing limit to be increased by $480 billion, which the Treasury Department says will be enough to cover the country's debt obligations until December 3. CBS News political contributor and Washington Post White House reporter Sean Sullivan joins CBSN anchor Lana Zak to discuss what's next for this bill and what hurdles Congress needs to overcome to reach a long-term agreement.news.yahoo.com
Remains of military pilot killed in F-16 crash in U.P. returned to family
MADISON, WI -- The remains of a pilot who died when his F-16 crashed in the Upper Peninsula in December have been returned home for final burial. Air Force Maj. Durwood “Hawk” Jones, 37, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was killed when the plane went down in the Hiawatha National Forest in Delta County on Dec. 8. A husband, father of two, and a decorated combat veteran who had flown three tours of duty, he was a member of the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin where his fellow airmen gathered to honor his life on Friday. Airmen lined Sloan Boulevard near Truax Field at the Wisconsin Air National Guard Base to pay their final respects to Durwood. While serving, Jones was awarded two Air Medals given to service members who have been either exposed to or faced significant risk of hostile action.mlive.com
Fighter pilot who died in Michigan plane crash identified as 37-year-old combat veteran
MANISTIQUE, Mich. – Officials have released the identity of the Wisconsin-based fighter pilot who died after a plane crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Tuesday, Dec. 8. On Friday, the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing identified the deceased fighter pilot as Captain Durwood “Hawk” Jones, a 37-year-old decorated combat veteran from Albuquerque, New Mexico. At about 8 p.m. on Dec. 8, Jones’ F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in the Hiawatha National Forest during a training mission. Today the 115th Fighter Wing identified Capt. The F-16 was assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin.
Pilot who died when F-16 jet crashed in Upper Peninsula was decorated combat veteran
DELTA COUNTY, MI - The Air National Guard pilot who died when his F-16 fighter jet crashed into a national forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Tuesday night was a husband, father of two, and a decorated combat veteran who had flown three tours of duty. Jones, who is survived by his wife and two children, joined the Air National Guard in 2011, according to the AP. A section of the Hiawatha National Forest remains closed to visitors as the F-16 crash investigation continues. The 115th Fighter Wing has about 1,200 members, including 500 full-time airmen, the AP said. The crash that killed Jones was the 115th’s third F-16 crash in 25 years.mlive.com
Military: Wisconsin fighter pilot died in Michigan crash
STEUBEN, Mich. – A Wisconsin-based fighter pilot died after a plane crashed in a national forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during a training mission, military officials said Thursday. The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing announced the pilot’s death Thursday, but said the pilot’s identity will not be released until 24 hours after family members are notified. The plane was assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison. The 115th Fighter Wing participated in a coordinated search effort with local emergency responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies. The 115th Fighter Wing plans to provide more details on Friday.
Military updates search for missing F-16 pilot after U.P. crash: ‘every member in our organization feels it’
“Search and rescue efforts on the ground, in the air, and in the water continue,” the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing said this morning in an update on the effort. “The 115th Fighter Wing participated in a coordinated search effort with local emergency responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies overnight,” the military said. “We are a close-knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it,” said Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander. “It’s a very remote area with no cellphone service,” Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald said of the crash site, according to the Associated Press. Oswald said his deputies did not see any fire or flames in the crash area overnight, the AP said.mlive.com
Wisconsin-based F-16 crashes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during training
MANISTIQUE, Mich. – A Wisconsin-based fighter jet crashed in a national forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula while on a training mission and searchers were looking Wednesday for the pilot, who was the only person aboard, authorities said. The F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison crashed about 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs said in a statement. It was initially secured by local emergency responders, but military personnel and safety and security personnel from the 115th Fighter Wing have now responded, the department said. The sheriff’s office has blocked off local roads in the crash area, where he and his deputies did not see any fire or flames in the crash area overnight. An F-16 launched from Truax Field in 2011 plunged into a vacant house in Adams County, Wisconsin.
Authorities respond to report of possible military plane crash in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
UPDATE: F-16 fighter jet crashes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, rescue crews search for pilot. DELTA COUNTY, MI - Authorities were releasing little information after a report of a possible military plane crash in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday night. According to WLUC, Marquette County Central Dispatch had confirmed that authorities were on the scene, but were awaiting physical confirmation of the crash site. There was no initial word on any injuries associated with the crash. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. near the border of Delta and Schoolcraft counties, just north of the U.P.’s Garden Peninsula, the TV station reported.mlive.com
Belgian fighter jet crash leaves pilot stuck on power line
Sean Gallup/Getty Images(CNN) - A Belgian Air Force F-16 fighter plane crashed Thursday in western France, leaving one pilot caught on a high-voltage power line. "The pilot and co-pilot were able to eject themselves from their seats before the crash. The police later confirmed that emergency services had been able to free the pilot caught on the high voltage power line. "A 500m security perimeter has been set up around the site of the air crash and @gendarmerie is on site to secure the area. The public is requested to respect this security perimeter," the authorities said in a statement posted on Twitter.