US budget request for 2015 makes stark reading
As had been widely expected, the latest US Air Force budget requests have recommended the complete retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack and U-2S reconnaissance aircraft. Senior officials claim that retiring the A-10 fleet saves $3.5 billion over five years and accelerates the long-standing modernization plan. The service says it will also mothball nearly 30 airlift aircraft and 24 strategic airlifters will be reassigned to the backup inventory.
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