Air Force fleet will continue to hollow out as service balances readiness and modernization

By Vanessa Montalbano / April 10, 2024 at 3:48 PM
The Air Force's aircraft inventory is on track to remain under 5,000 "for the remainder of the budget horizon," the service's top planner said Tuesday, hinting it could even drop close to 4,000 by 2029. In its fiscal year 2025 budget request, the Air Force indicated its fleet would reach 4,903 aircraft -- a historic low -- as the service moves to divest 250 aircraft and procure 99 . “I see that continuing,” Lt. Gen. Richard Moore, deputy chief of...

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