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PAF to airlift coronavirus patient specimens from Northern Mindanao

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:15 PM

DOH Region 10 says the Philippine Air Force agrees to carry the PUI swab samples to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

Air Force buys P2-billion Gulfstream business jet

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The ‘well-appointed’ Gulfstream G280 will serve as an ‘airborne command post’ for senior leaders and commanders during emergencies

Duterte tells PH Air Force: More terror threats to fight in Mindanao

Oct 24, 2017 - 6:51 PM

As the Philippine Air Force welcomes a new commanding general, President Rodrigo Duterte recognizes the 'valor and sacrifices' of PAF personnel who were killed and wounded in the war in Marawi

PH Air Force gets weapons from U.S.

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The munitions and weapons will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines including Marawi the US embassy says

US SUPPORT. Members the US and Philippine armies unload and inspect a delivery of  rockets from the US to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Clark Air Base, Pampanga. Photo from the US Embassy

3 dead, 1 hurt in Rizal chopper crash

May 04, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The chopper which was part of police and military training exercises on disaster response encounters trouble as it prepares to land

CHOPPER CRASH. Parts of the helicopter burn in a hilltop in Tanay on May 4, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH Air Force to complete acquisition of 12 FA-50 fighter jets in May

Apr 08, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Four more FA 50s will arrive in April and May according to military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

PH Air Force now has 8 FA-50 fighter jets

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Four more FA 50s are expected to arrive in the next months

4TH BATCH. The Philippine Air Force formally receive 2 more FA-50 lead in fighter trainers it acquired from South Korea. DPC Photo

PAF chopper flew Marcos from Ilocos to Libingan

Nov 18, 2016 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says the Marcoses will be charged P1 2 million for the use of the Bell 412 choppers that were recently purchased brand new from Canada

INTERMENT. Former president Ferdinand Marcos is interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18, 2016. Photo from Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs

US-PH relations, Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Air Force | 12PM wRap

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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US turns over C130 cargo plane to PH Air Force

Oct 24, 2016 - 11:05 AM

This is the 2nd of two C130s bought by the previous Aquino government from the US for 35 million

TURNOVER. The Philippine military formally receives a C130 that it bought from the US government, October 24, 2016. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte: PH to buy defense assets from Russia, China

Sep 14, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The Philippine leader says he wants government to government transactions on military equipment and deals with no strings attached

MILITARY'S MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to attend the 48th anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing on September 13, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

SC affirms dismissal of graft cases vs PH Air Force officers

Sep 13, 2016 - 10:35 AM

The High Court s 3rd Division says it took the Office of the Ombudsman too long to file the case before the Sandiganbayan violating the right of the officers to a speedy disposition of their case

TOO LONG. The Supreme Court says it took the Ombudsman too long to file cases against the Philippine Air Force officers

PAF's chopper crash lands in Sarangani due to strong winds

Nov 07, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The 9 passengers on board suffer only slight injuries

CHOPPER CRASH. A helicopter of the Philippine Air Force crashes in Sarangani on November 7.

UNA launch, Aquino's flight plan, Ombudsman’s dare | 6PM wRap

Jul 01, 2015 - 8:47 PM

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Air Force chopper deal 'disturbing,' says Senate blue ribbon chair

Jun 16, 2015 - 8:51 PM

I am giving DND officials and executives of RASI ample opportunity to refute the allegations hurled against them in the Alvarez affidavit says Senator Teofisto Guingona III

PH to upgrade old air station with air defense radar

Mar 24, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Air defense radars will detect intrusions in the country s air space They will work in tandem with the squadron of fighter jets acquired from South Korea two due to arrive in the last quarter of 2015

SINCE 1961. The Gozar Air Station became fully operational in December 1961

Brand new plane for PH Air Force arrives in Clark

Mar 23, 2015 - 6:10 PM

The back to back natural and man made disasters of 2013 have highlighted the need for a better lift capability for the Air Force which maintains 3 operational C 130s

BRAND NEW: The first of 3 brand new C295 cargo planes acquired by the Philippine Air Force land on Clark Air Base. PAF photo

Air Force chopper crashes in Cagayan de Oro

Feb 04, 2015 - 6:39 PM

None of the 4 passengers are seriously hurt

CHOPPER CRASH. A Philippine Air Force Huey Helicopter crashes inside the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division on February 4, 2015. No one is hurt of the crash. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP's new spokesperson is former liaison officer with US military

Nov 29, 2014 - 2:20 PM

Colonel Restituto Padilla Jr assumes the post at a time when the Philippines and the US are hoping to immediately implement the newly signed EDCA

NEW SPOKESPERSON. Col Restituto Padilla Jr (middle), receives the Defense Meritorious Service medal and citation from Admiral Samuel J Locklear, Commander of US Pacific Command (left) during the latter’s meeting with AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr (left) on October 14. File photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Air Force chopper for relief ops goes down in Leyte

Dec 06, 2013 - 6:57 PM

The Air Force is investigating if the cause of the accident The pilot and two social workers have been treated for injuries at the Buraen District Hospital

PREFERRED CHOPPER: Air Force pilots are most familiar with the Hueye. PAF photo

Vergara propels Air Force anew to enter UFL Cup semis

Nov 29, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Jimmy Vergara strikes again to push the Philippine Air Force the UFL Cup semifinals

Defense department got P666M in DAP, too

Oct 09, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Bulk of the funding from the controversial program went to the Philippine Air Force and the Presidential Security Group says a defense department press release

TIGHTLY GUARDED: President Benigno Aquino III and the Presidential Security Group. Photo from

Aquino praises PAF, vows sustained modernization

Jul 01, 2013 - 2:21 PM

President Benigno Aquino III cites the improvements of the Philippine Air Force and vowed to continue its modernization

House minority backs purchase of new planes for PNoy, cabinet officials

Aug 22, 2012 - 3:54 PM

To ensure their safety the President and his cabinet should have new planes dedicated for their use the House minority bloc says

ROBREDO'S LAST PLANE RIDE. The plane that carried the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to his grave was a Piper Seneca.

Air Force to beef up fleet with South Korean-made jets

Jun 20, 2012 - 5:06 PM

As part of the modernization of the Philippine Air Force the military plans to acquire a dozen South Korean made fighter jets in the coming months

A 2005 file photo of the T-50 jet, the basis of the TA-50 jet which the Philippine Air Force (PAF) plans to order from South Korea. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industry, Ltd.