Magazine February 11, 2019, Issue

Letters

(Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Daniel E. Gheesling/Released)

The Fighter Fight

Jerry Hendrix’s essay on Air Force priorities, “How The Air Force Lost Its Way” (January 28), takes a fatal turn in its final paragraphs, suggesting that the service pay for more new bombers by purchasing fewer new fighters.

The fighters he is referring to are F-35 multirole aircraft being bought to meet the future tactical requirements of three U.S. military services and a dozen overseas allies. Any cut in the size of the Air Force purchase at this late date — 18 years after development began — would inevitably raise the price being paid by all the other users.

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