The Air Force’s fleet of warplanes is older than ever and wearing out faster because of heavy use in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the service’s top combat commander.
Gen. Ronald Keys, who leads the Air Combat Command, points to cracked wings on A-10 attack planes and frayed electrical cables on U-2 spy planes.
This is a really disturbing story about the real costs of the Iraq war. While the degradation of the National Guard’s readiness is being covered in the media, the toll on aircraft seems to have slipped by barely noticed. This concerns me because the last two attacks on the US came via aircraft. Right after 9/11; the skies of the US were patrolled by NATO aircraft.