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August 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
An Iraqi pilot and four U.S. airmen were together aboard an Iraqi air force plane when it crashed in May. Their remains were buried together Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery. Iraqi Air Force Capt. Ali Hussam Abass Alrubaeye, 34, was the first Iraqi ever buried at the United States' premier military cemetery. "This will signify that these warriors were training together, they went into battle together, they died together and it's only proper that they be buried together," Lt. Gen.
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March 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Three airmen have been arrested in an alleged scheme to steal 35 bulletproof vests from Moody Air Force Base and sell them to drug dealers for $100 each. Eighteen of the vests, which typically sell for as much as $600, have been recovered, but others still might be on the street, Sheriff Ashley Paulk said in Valdosta. "You never want the bad guys to have all the tools that you've got to work with," Paulk said.
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November 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
Bone fragments that scientists determined are the remains of six U.S. servicemen whose plane crashed in Laos during the Vietnam War will be buried as a group Friday at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The fragments, recovered by a joint U.S.-Laotian excavation team in 1995, were too small for positive identification.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jack Arthur Johnson, 82, a flight instructor who trained 165 fellow Tuskegee Airmen to fly, died Nov. 4 in Los Angeles of prostate cancer. In 1999, Johnson was one of more than two dozen survivors of the renowned group of African American pilots from World War II present in Lancaster for dedication of a monument to the Tuskegee Airmen. The city, the first to honor the group with a permanent marker, placed the monument on the Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Honor.
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August 22, 2003 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
Ten days after some Florida Republicans demanded that President Bush get tougher on Cuba, federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the murder indictments of a Cuban general and two fighter pilots in the downing of two unarmed Cessnas over waters between Cuba and Florida in 1996. Simultaneously, TV Marti, the U.S.
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July 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty airmen were injured when a West Virginia Air National Guard plane encountered severe turbulence and had to make an emergency landing in Virginia Beach. None of the injuries was life-threatening. Approximately 40 members of the 167th Airlift Wing were on the flight, which was bringing them home from a four-month posting in Puerto Rico, said Maj. Mike Cadle, a National Guard spokesman in Charleston, W.Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Navy investigators blamed pilot error on the flaming crash of a jet fighter at last year's Point Mugu Air Show, concluding that inexperience and adrenaline caused Navy Cmdr. Michael Norman to inadvertently stall the plane. The April 20 crash of the QF-4 Phantom killed Norman, 39, and his navigator, Marine Capt. Andrew Muhs, 31, before 25,000 spectators at the annual aeronautics display. Findings from a nine-month investigation are included in a 3-inch-thick report the Navy released Wednesday.
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July 6, 2002 | MARTIN WEIL, THE WASHINGTON POST
Benjamin O. Davis Jr., a pioneering military officer who led the fabled Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and was the first African American to become a general in the Air Force, has died. He was 89. Davis died July 4 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2002 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerned that World War II-era trenches at Edwards Air Force Base could contain mustard gas and other chemical warfare agents, the military will begin a $4.5-million cleanup effort next week near a group of airmen's dormitories, officials said Wednesday.
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April 27, 2002 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The jet that crashed at the Point Mugu Air Show last weekend was in a maintenance program that two former Navy aircraft specialists warned officials last summer was plagued with problems and jeopardized the squadron of aging fighter planes.
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