posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 05:29 PM
Originally posted by randyvs
reply to post by tothetenthpower
The timing seems odd . But a third ? I'm sure that at least a third would always be on the ground anyway.
It is a little odd that they release this information today of all days (considering NK). I wouldn't be surprised if that was not deliberately timed.
The subject matter of the operating costs and possibly grounding or scrapping for the jets and bombers in question has been an ongoing one for a
According to this
article, the jets and bombers getting grounded are the F-22,
F-16, A-10, and the B-1:
Article from July 2012 in regards to the F-22 problems: www.nytimes.com...
In regards to the F-16 that also is being grounded, there's this from November 2012, where the GAO called foul on the cost estimates of the F-16 for
being underestimated: www.daytondailynews.com...
Discussion of the A-10 that the USAF was announcing plans to shelve in January 2012:
And the B-1 bomber. They were starting to talk about scrapping it in 2010: defensetech.org...
Note that there is nothing said in the 1/3 of the USAF being grounded about the F-35 that they are hoping to replace them with. Yet, the F-35 is
cited in many of these articles as their replacement. So yeah, interesting timing indeed while we're pondering whether war with NK is imminent,
they're going to tell us how budget cuts are forcing them to ground these particular aircraft.
edit on 10/4/13 by WhiteAlice because: