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Air Force plots F-22 retirement

by Margaret Willard

The Air Force is contemplating plans to retire roughly 33 fighter jets staged at Eglin Air Force Base.

The F-22 fleet at Eglin is among the oldest in the force. Air Force leadership believes their money is best spent on upgrading newer models, rather than upkeep.

The divestment plan, if blessed by Congress, would reduce the fleet size to 153 fighters.

“It’s really using every dollar as smart as we can,” Air Force Maj. Gen. James Peccia told reporters of the thought process.

Eglin Air Force Base began housing the jets after Hurricane Michael ravaged Tyndall Air Force Base in 2018.

– Jason Delgado, Florida Politics

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