Aging F-16s demand new U.S F-35 fleet

Following the Air Force's mandatory inspections on all 157 of its F-16 D-model jets this week, 82 of the fighters are still grounded due to cracks between the front and rear pilot seats.

The aging fleet of Cold War-era fighter jets underscores the U.S. Air Force's need for new equipment, say analysts.

Incidents like these are expected increase in coming years, due to the relatively slow pace at which the military is buying F-35 fighter jets which will replace the F-16s.

The F-35 program is facing its own set of issues, including funding, the delay of software testing and flight restrictions due to June's engine fire.

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  • Daniel5150
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    Very sad to see how far this once great military power has been slowly but steadily declining.And with the military spending being gutted by the infamous POTUS.No hope on the horizon either.
    22 Aug 2014, 08:00 AM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    What we need is new F16s and F18s. These are the best fighters in the world. The f35 is too expensive to run too impractical and it actually has worse performance for most missions.
    22 Aug 2014, 12:27 PM Reply Like
  • Daniel5150
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    I agree.The F 35 is a total bust, and an expensive one at that.
    Even the F 22 was a better fighter.But an F-18,that is one sweet fighter.
    22 Aug 2014, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • chris_dress
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    government too invested in f 35 to give up now
    22 Aug 2014, 04:30 PM Reply Like
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