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Air Force Combat Aircraft No Longer Grounded

The U.S. Air Force says many of its combat air forces will start flying again after being grounded since April because of budget cuts.


A member of the US Air Force (USAF) stands near a USAF cargo plane. (Photo credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Air Force Commander: Budget Cuts Will Ground One-Third Of Active-Duty US Planes

A top general says federal budget cuts that will ground one-third of the U.S. Air Force’s active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers means “accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur.”