The Air Force this week announced plans to retire 254 combat aircraft next year, 249 of which would be removed from service earlier than scheduled. The equipment affected includes 112 F-15s and 134 F-16s, both tactical fighters, along with three A-10 ground-attack aircraft.
Prior to the announcement, only five fighters had been slated for retirement in 2010.
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Some of the early retirees will be 15s from Elmendorf in Alaska. This article calls the F-15s “aging relics.”