The Air Force Could Retire These 8 Fighter Planes and Bombers

Get ready for a new A-10 Thunderbolt budget fight.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein wants to fund new initiatives in connectivity, space, combat power projection, and logistics starting in 2021 — to the tune of $30 billion on top of what it is already using. One way to do that, says Todd Harrison, a defense budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is to retire $30 billion worth of legacy aircraft.

That is, get rid of the old stuff to make room for the new.

While getting rid of these aircraft isn’t the only way to make room for the new initiatives and save $30 billion, it is the fastest route to get there, and many of the retirements make sense. Some of the planes’ missions are obsolete, some of the airframes are currently being updated with newer models, and at least one can’t even fly its primary mission due to treaty obligations.


Air Force Completes A-10 Re-Winging to Keep Iconic Aircraft Flying for Years to Come

The U.S. Air Force has completed a re-winging effort for 173 A-10 Warthog attack aircraft that began nearly a decade ago.

As part of the $1.1 billion “Enhanced Wing Assembly” contract awarded to Boeing Co. in 2007, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently completed work on the last A-10 slated to receive the upgrade, the service said in a news release Monday. The effort began in 2011.

The new wings will give the A-10s a longer life span. They are expected “to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection,” which should take them well into the 2030s, according to the release.

“From a warfighter point of view, bringing this program to a successful conclusion was a significant accomplishment for the entire enterprise team,” said Stephen Zaiser, 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director at Ogden. Ogden maintainers swapped out wings on 162 aircraft; the rest were completed at Osan Air Base, South Korea, the release states.


Forget the A-10 Warthog: The Army Wants the F-35

The US Army wants the F-35 to support its ground troops.

It?s that simple. We hear volumes of information about the Marine Corps vertical-take-off-and-landing F-35B, Navy carrier-launched F-35C and Air Force F-35A – but what does the Army think of the emerging Joint Strike Fighter?