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Half of US Jets Can't Take Off, Air Force Says Raiding Museums for Parts (Video)

Despite a military budget of nearly $600 billion, many US aircraft can't even get off the ground

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An investigation by FOX News has revealed the deplorable state of the US Air Force. A visit to Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota revealed that of 20 B-1 bombers stationed there, only 9 were airworthy.

Airmen reported being overworked and overdeployed due to a shortage of personnel. The investigation also found that an F-16 squadron in South Carolina was lacking 41 parts for its aircraft. 

Capt. Travis Lytton of the 28th Maintenance Squadron said that the Air Force was currently cannibalizing jets in museums in order to keep its planes in the air.

The question remains why the much vaunted "world's most powerful military" with a budget of nearly $600 billion - by one measure, about 1/3 of all global military spending - is still flying aircraft produced in the 1950s (the B-52) and is unable to keep many of its planes airborne due to parts shortages. 

Donald Trump and other Republican candidates for president will, as is their perennial custom, demand increased military spending to "rebuild our military." Yet clearly lack of money is not the issue. 

But I guess it's Russia which allegedly has the massive problem with corruption?

 


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