Watchdog report sounds alarm over military aviation readiness

A government watchdog report released this week is the latest to sound the alarm over the Air Force and Navy?s fleet of aging aircraft, vital planes that are often in no shape to fly.

The Government Accountability Office report surveyed five Air Force and seven Navy types of planes between Fiscal Years 2011 and 2016.

?The Air Force and Navy are operating many of their fixed-wing aircraft well beyond their original designed service lives and therefore are confronted with sustainment challenges,? the GAO reports.

It found that nine of 12 aircraft fell short of availability goals in 2016. Availability overall declined for half of the planes from 2011 to 2016.