‘Wiped Out’: Air Force losing pilots and planes to cuts, scrounging for spare parts

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It was just a few years ago, in March 2011, when a pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers – during a harsh winter storm – took off from their base in South Dakota to fly across the world to launch the air campaign in Libya, only 16 hours after given the order.

Today, many in the Air Force are questioning whether a similar mission could still be accomplished, after years of budget cuts that have taken an undeniable toll. The U.S. Air Force is now short 4,000 airmen to maintain its fleet, short 700 pilots to fly them and short vital spare parts necessary to keep their jets in the air. The shortage is so dire that some have even been forced to scrounge for parts in a remote desert scrapheap known as “The Boneyard.”

“It’s not only the personnel that are tired, it’s the aircraft that are tired as well,” Master Sgt. Bruce Pfrommer, who has over two decades of experience in the Air Force working on B-1 bombers, told Fox News.

One comment on “‘Wiped Out’: Air Force losing pilots and planes to cuts, scrounging for spare parts
  1. God knows I’m no fan of Obama’s, but Congress is equally to blame for this sad state of affairs, particularly Ryan and McConnell. It is Congress, after all, that giveth to and taketh from, the military. Our establishment politicians have allowed our military to be overtasked and woefully underfunded, reduced in numbers of personnel and ships to pre-WWII numbers. Readiness and morale are at the lowest since the days of the Carter administration. Let’s hope China doesn’t challenge us because if they do, we will lose.

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