CBO: Mission availability rates decline for two of three F-35 variants in FY-22

By Shelley K. Mesch / February 14, 2023 at 12:09 PM
Two of the three F-35 Lightning II fighter variants used by the U.S. military saw decreasing mission availability rates last fiscal year, according to a Congressional Budget Office report published Monday. Flying hours for each variant of the aircraft -- the F-35A, used by the Air Force; F-35B, used by the Marine Corps; and F-35C, used by the Navy -- increased slightly in FY-22, according to the report, but only the F-35C had an increase in availability rate. F-35As and...

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