Department of Defense

Fighter Drag Redux

When squadrons deploy, they take their own jets on a long journey to the fight and the returning squadrons makes a lengthy return trip bringing back their aircraft. As many airframes are being pushed passed their planned service life why do we not keep them in place and merely ship the crews and maintainers. This would save fuel, downtime for repairs, reduce wear and tear on already aging airframes and reduce the time to deploy and redeploy.

 

If we follow our core values, there is no reason those aircraft won't be well taken care of by the visiting crews.

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