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LOL had to check
Definition of 'obsequious'
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Confirmation hearing concludes for prospective CNO Michael Gilday - who played it about as safe as can be with middle-of-the-road answers and an almost obsequious demeanor. Who could argue with that? SASC will very likely vote to confirm.
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Brumby

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Combat Aircraft has obtained exclusive images that appear to show a US Air Force F-117A Nighthawk in a hybrid aggressor-type color scheme. Taken by photographer Steve Lewis on July 11, the F-117 in the accompanying images can be seen conducting aerial refueling high above Death Valley, California, with a KC-135R Stratotanker.
 

Jura

General
money now and to the future:
Department of Defense Comprehensive Selected Acquisition Reports for the Annual 2018 Reporting Requirement as Updated by the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
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Program Acquisition Cost Summary (Dollars in Millions)
Grand Total 2,022,901.9
 

TerraN_EmpirE

Tyrant King
Trump will not take that Air Force one that will be for the next president

even then $4 billion just for Air Force one ?
2 Boeing 747-8 pulled from the boneyards recertified reconfigured with state of the Art global communications, EMP hardened, DIRCM, VVIP interiors. Construction of hangers to house them at Andrews Airforce base as the current ones are guilt and occupied by the VC25A.
Spare parts and engines, flight trainers for the USAF.
It’s not like an airline it’s customizing heavily and creating a secure infrastructure.
 

Jura

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Jun 5, 2019
Yesterday at 2:22 PM
related:
B-1 Lancer readiness is in the toilet, here’s why
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and
Only a Handful of the Air Force's B-1 Bombers Are Ready to Deploy
Despite high demand, there are only a handful of
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bombers available to take off at a moment's notice.

The head of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM),
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Gen. John Hyten, told Senate Armed Services Committee members this week that the service has only six bombers that are ready to deploy.

"We have B-1B bombers; this is the workhorse of the Air Force today," Hyten said during his
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to become vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Right now, of all of our B-1 bombers, we have six of them that are fully mission capable: five split between
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[South Dakota] and
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[Texas], one is a test aircraft, 15 B-1s are in depot," he said. "The remaining 39 of 44 B-1s at Ellsworth and at Dyess are down for a variety of discrepancies and inspections."

Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) officials
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there are seven fully mission capable bombers.

Hyten said the B-1 has borne the brunt of constant
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cycles.

"We saw issues in the B-1 because we're just beating the heck out of them, deploying them, deploying them. And so we had to pull back a little bit and get after fixing those issues. And the depots can do that if they have stable funding," he said.

Gen. Tim Ray, commander of AFGSC, agreed that demand has outstripped available aircraft.

During a speech at the
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, Ray spoke about "setting the pace" for deterrence, saying that sometimes the demand for resources wins out.

Earlier this year, Ray said the Air Force
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to operations in the Middle East over the last decade, causing it to deteriorate more quickly than expected.

"We overextended the B-1s in [U.S. Central Command]," he told reporters during a breakfast with reporters April 17 in Washington, D.C. Ray said that's why he recalled the aircraft to the U.S.
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to prepare for the next high-end fight.

"Normally, you would commit -- [with] any bomber or any modern combat aircraft -- about 40 percent of the airplanes in your possession as a force, [not including those] in depot," he explained. "We were probably approaching the 65 to 70 percent commit rate [for] well over a decade. So the wear and tear on the crews, the maintainers, and certainly the airplane, that was my cause for asking for us to get out of the CENTCOM fight."

Last year,
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returned to the Middle East
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to take over strike missions from the
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. The last rotation of bombers from Dyess
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, according to Air Force Magazine.

By the end of March, Ray had ordered a stand-down, marking the second fleetwide pause in about a year.

AFGSC officials said that, during a routine inspection of at least one aircraft, airmen found a
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in the ejection seat egress system, a problem that might affect the rest of the fleet. Ray said his immediate concern was for the aircrews' safety.

The aircraft resumed flights April 23.

The command again
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last year over a problem also related to
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. Officials ordered a stand-down June 7, 2018, which lasted three weeks while the fleet was inspected.

That pause was the direct result of an emergency landing made by a
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-based B-1 on May 1, 2018, at Midland Airport in Texas.

Then-Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson confirmed speculation
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after an ejection seat didn't blow during an earlier in-flight problem.

Lawmakers took note this summer: The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee in its markup of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act requested that the Air Force offer a plan for how it will address the B-1's problems. Committee members were aware that the B-1's availability rates were in the single digits,
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.

The B-1's mission-capable rate -- the ability to fly at any given time to conduct operations -- is 51.75%, according to fiscal 2018 estimates,
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. By comparison, its bomber cousins, the
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and
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, have mission-capable rates of 60.7% and 69.3%, respectively.

The Air Force has 62 Lancers in its fleet. It plans to retire the bombers in 2036.
 

Jura

General
2 Boeing 747-8 pulled from the boneyards recertified reconfigured with state of the Art global communications, EMP hardened, DIRCM, VVIP interiors. Construction of hangers to house them at Andrews Airforce base as the current ones are guilt and occupied by the VC25A.
Spare parts and engines, flight trainers for the USAF.
It’s not like an airline it’s customizing heavily and creating a secure infrastructure.
LOL I'm curious how do you spin the price modification between Feb 27, 2018
Saturday at 8:39 PM
now Trump, Boeing reach handshake agreement to cap Air Force One program at $3.9B
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and Yesterday at 8:23 AM
Feb 27, 2018and
New Pentagon Report Pegs Air Force One Cost at $5.2 Billion
8/1/2019
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LOL!
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like incredible add-ons to future ecosystem, unprecedented network-centric ...
 

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