reply to post by WhiteAlice
Except that there are also a lot of planes being grounded that DON'T have problems.
As for the ones cited in your reply:
The A-10 is undergoing a major upgrade, starting in 2010, which included replacing the entire wing, center wing box, and avionics upgrades. The A-10
has always been one that the Air Force wanted to scrap, but there are still a number of squadrons in service, and will be for several years to
The F-22 problems have a fix in place, and the aircraft are being modified. The F-22 is the most advanced fighter in the world, and the grounding of
them to keep flying hours available is insanity.
The F-16 estimate was correct. The Air Force doesn't plan on upgrading all of the fleet, or even most of it. They're going to keep the minimum
available flying, as they're getting older, and some of them have developed cracks in the fuselage, at key points that would be costly to fix.
The B-1 talk crops up every few years. The B-1 has had problems through its life, especially in the early years. Those problems have since been
corrected, but the Air Force looks at the history of the aircraft, and sees a troubled program to get rid of. However, the B-1 isn't going anywhere,
as that would only leave the B-52, which can't penetrate modern defenses, and is only capable of launching cruise missiles, and 20 B-2s. That means
that we would only have 20 strategic bombers capable of hitting targets in modern defenses. The B-1 is safe.
But besides those, they are grounding at least 1 B-52 squadron, 4 F-15E (our only true tactical bomber) squadrons, 2 F-15C/D squadrons, 3 E-3
squadrons will be basic mission capable, 1 RC-135 squadron, 1 TC-135 squadron.
A complete list is here