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Fighter/ Attack Inventory Fighter/ Attack Inventory Avg Age Avg Hrs Oldest Newest A-10A: 130 Grounded 208 27.3 8,386 1979 1984 A-10C: 5 Grounded 148 27.1 9,274 1979 1984 F-15A: 39 Restricted 39 30.7 6,616 1975 1981 F-15B: 5 Restricted 5 30.9 7,054 1976 1978 F-15C: 7 Grounded, 318 Restricted 325 25.2 6,785 1979 1989 F-15D: 51 Restricted 51 25.6 6,630 1979 1987 F-15E: 219 Restricted 223 16.4 4,775 1987 2004 F-16C: 21 Grounded, 11 Restricted 1,029 18.5 4,870 1984 2005 F-16D: 1 Grounded, 2 Restricted 176 18.6 4,609 1984 1994 F-22A 121 2.5 383 2001 2008 MQ-9A 20 1.4 908 2004 2008 •Fighters age fast—whether taking to the sky on a training mission or combat sortie, fighter aircraft constantly push the edge of their performance envelopes, stressing airframe structures with high-Gs maneuvers and supersonic speeds. As far as these airframes are concerned, they have been going to war on a daily basis for decades. *Data current as of 30 August 08 Bomber Inventory Bomber Inventory Avg Age Avg Hrs Oldest Newest B-1B: 66 Restricted 66 21.0 6,303 1986 1988 B-2A 20 14.1 3,669 1989 1997 B-52H: 13 Grounded 89 46.7 17,150 1960 1962 •The Air Force is the only branch of the military that has the capability to launch conventional strike missions at a moment’s notice against any target in the world. This is a phenomenal capability that yields tremendous strategic options for the country. •88% of the strategic bombing fleet consists of legacy assets that are not survivable in modern threat environments. Double-digit SAMs and 4+ generation fighters are proliferating rapidly. •The Air Force’s 20 B-2s are the only long-range strategic bombers available within the DoD inventory that are survivable in high threat environments. •There is no production line open to replace combat/ operational losses for the B-2. •Access to regional bases is not guaranteed—future engagements may require the US to execute global combat operations exclusively from CONUS bases. Strategic bombers are the only strike assets that have sufficient range to execute many of these missions. •During a sustained air campaign the Air Force is able to generate and fly about 4 B-2s per mission from CONUS. In the first days of a campaign, the planners might be able to generate 6 aircraft – but over the long term –4 is the realistic number. Tanker Inventory Tanker Inventory Avg Age Avg Hrs Oldest Newest KC-10A 59 23.6 22,172 1981 1990 KC-135E: 20 Grounded 40 49.4 18,220 1958 1962 KC-135R 363 46.8 18,932 1958 1964 KC-135T 54 48.5 19,888 1959 1961 •Tankers are the fundamental enablers of the joint team. Whether supporting F-18s striking strategic targets, C-5s transporting equipment, C-17s evacuating wounded, RC-135s conducting ISR missions, or F-16s providing close-air-support, tankers make the vast majority of these missions possible. •88% of the tanker fleet was built during the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations. These airframes are expected to stay in service until 2040. •An unforeseen problem within the KC-135 fleet could ground the vast majority of America’s aerial refueling assets, with few viable alternatives available. This would severely limit the nation’s ability to act on a global basis. •As tankers age, they become increasingly expensive to maintain and support. Strategic Lift Inventory Strategic Lift Inventory Avg Age Avg Hrs Oldest Newest C-5A: 2 Grounded, 1 Restricted 59 36.9 20,284 1970 1973 C-5B 47 20.7 17,533

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