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Lawmakers to fight military plan to retire some A-10 jets

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 14:34:20-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Some Arizona lawmakers intend to fight a plan by the U.S. Air Force to begin retiring parts of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets, which are part of a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

The decommissioning the jets is part of an Air Force objective to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s beginning later this year.