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Air Force Falls Apart While Obama Plots Even More Cuts

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On November 10, 2012 @ 12:54 pm In The Point | 33 Comments

Because you know it’s not horses and bayonets anymore. It’s pilots risking their lives in 60 year old planes from the Eisenhower Administration. Can we get a meme and tumblr on that from Team Big Bird? No. Okay.

F-15s were first introduced in 1972 and, at the time, had a service life of about 4,000 hours. Since then, the service life of these planes has doubled, and with scheduled defense cuts looming, there is already talk about extending them further.

F-15s were first introduced in 1972 and, at the time, had a service life of about 4,000 hours. Since then, the service life of these planes has doubled, and with scheduled defense cuts looming, there is already talk about extending them further.

General Deptula expresses concerns about the average age of the F-15 C & D models approaching 30 years. In 2007, an F-15 broke in half during a training mission in St. Louis, Missouri. Afterward, every F-15 was grounded, and they remained so for months. Aircraft falling apart is costly during peacetime, but it can be fatal during wartime, warns the General. After earning his wings flying an F-15 in 1977, the General’s own son flew the very same F-15 some 30 years later, while stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan.

Earlier this year, the B-52 celebrated its 60th anniversary. Older than the F-15, the B-52 bomber is another relic still operated today. While a state-of-the-art plane in the 1960s, its capability to operate against advanced enemy air defenses has been rendered obsolete.

Currently, the U.S. Air Force flies about 400 KC-135s. As the military’s main aerial refueler, the most recent of these planes is nearly a half-century old.

Following the discovery of cracks in their wings, the Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolts are currently in the process of being rewinged.

According to Fox News, the Air Force has plans to replace the KC-135 refuelers with new KC-46A refuelers, but, “if Congress has its way, some [KC-135s] could still be taking off well into the 2040s,” which would then make these planes almost 80 years old.

Who would force pilots to risk their lives like this while undermining American national security? Same guy who only authorized the raid on Bin Laden in order to capture him alive and give him a civilian trial to put an end to Gitmo and Military Tribunals. A radical leftist who hates America and its military, elected by other radical leftists who spent hundreds of millions of dollars on his behalf.


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