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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Retiring fighter jets

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced with his budget proposal this week that he wants to retire 250 of the Air Force's oldest tactical fighter aircraft. That could be F-15s, F-16s or some other aircraft.

Speculation is running amok on this one and I've seen reports claiming that most of those retiring jets would be F-16s and some that said they would be F-15s.

Actually, the F-15s are generally older than F-16s, and the 20 Fighting Falcons (F-16) at Dannelly Field were built in 1987 and 1988.

But, to check it out I called the Pentagon press desk and a spokesman there told me that there won't be any further information on which jets are retired until the defense budget actually passes and the President signs off and a final defense budget isn't expected until May.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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