Coordinated maintenance

Keeping aging aircraft flying is critical for national defense 

By Adedeji B. Badiru, Lt. Col. LeeAnn Racz and Maj. Rofelio L. Grinston

The aging of aircraft is an issue of big strategic concern for the United States Air Force, which operates planes that have been around since the Vietnam War, a conflict that ended in the 1970s. Although these workhorses are still meeting mission requirements and performing well, the Air Force cannot afford to be lackadaisical about the future service capability of existing aircraft. Machines eventually break and become unfixable.


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