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US Bombers Breaking Down, Not Really Ready For The Wars They'd Like To Get Us Into Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:21:18 Id: 3e5582 [Preview] No. 4175

Over the skies of South Korea Wednesday, dramatic photos showed an Air Force supersonic bomber with U.S. and allied fighter jets in formation.

But there were supposed to be two Air Force bombers flying together.

In another sign of the maintenance challenges facing the U.S. military after years of budget cuts, the Air Force B-1B bomber that flew to South Korea from Guam on Wednesday was forced to leave behind its wingman.

The second bomber reported a maintenance issue while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, according to an Air Force officer who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

“We only had a 30-minute launch window to meet the tanker,” while flying from Guam to South Korea the officer said.

The grounded American bomber was not the only glitch this week for the U.S. Air Force. A state-of-the-art F-22 stealth fighter jet was towed from the runway after landing in South Korea this week, although the Air Force later found no problems with the aircraft, according to Stars and Stripes.

The fact only half the number of B-1B bombers were able to carry out its training mission Wednesday falls roughly in line with the mission capability rates of the Air Force’s B-1 fleet. Today, only about half the B-1s in the inventory can fly. The Air Force is nearly 2,000 pilots and about 4,000 aircraft mechanics short. Spare parts are hard to come by for the bomber that first entered service in the 1980s.

Two B-1 bombers were supposed launch from Ellsworth Air Force Base to fly nearly 1,000 miles south to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for a live-fire exercise.

On that day though, only one of the two B-1s that taxied to the runway was able to take off and make the training mission on time. The other sat near the runway for two hours. It eventually took off but was unable to participate in the live-fire exercise and diverted to a different mission, its crew missing out on valuable training at White Sands.


Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:49:27 Id: 7a8140 [Preview] No.4176 del
US infrastructure in a nutshell (not just military). Willing to pay for things until it is time to pay money to maintain them.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:52:37 Id: 3e5582 [Preview] No.4177 del
Lets not forget the $21 Trillion dollars missing from Pentagon budgets so far... where did all that money go? Why wasn't it being spent to maintain our military might? Isn't the US military more important than a bunch of criminal bureaucrats stealing massive amounts of money from government budgets? Why no investigations? Do criminals actually run the US government?


Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:58:37 Id: 3e5582 [Preview] No.4178 del
Funny, I just saw a recent report about the US Navy, they are now screaming "give us more money and we promise we'll fix it this time around! Just give us more money!"

I don't believe a word they say anymore. Very sad. Really quite scary when you think about how bad things have gotten. But the politicians will give them more money (just like they give the failed schools more money) and everything will continue to get worse and worse and more money unaccounted for, and they'll keep on screaming like a drug addict "just one more time! just give me some of that cut, reeeeeeeeeeeeee!"

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