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Navy F/A-18 fighter jets training with D-M A-10s

Training with attack aircraft in Tucson for the next two weeks are 14 Navy F/A-18s, giving Air Force pilots experience in defending themselves against fighter jets.... Read more»

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Air Force secretary says A-10s should fly through 2030

While some military brass have pushed to end the A-10 program in favor of the F-35, the attack jets — some of which are based in Tucson — should be flying through at least 2030, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.... Read more»

'Heritage Flight' training to bring vintage fighters to Tucson skies

Historic military planes will fly in formation with current Air Force jets during training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in March. P-51s, P-38s and F-86s will soar with F-35, F-22 and F-16 fighters, March 1-4.... Read more»

House OKs spending bill with border wall funds

The House passed a $713.4 billion defense spending “minibus” Thursday that rolled four separate spending bills together with scores of amendments, including almost $1.6 billion to begin construction of a border wall.... Read more»

D-M flight training going old school

Among the dozens of visiting fighter planes flying out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this month will be be classic warbirds — P-51 Mustangs, a P-38 Lightning, a P-47 Thunderbolt, two F-86 Sabres and more will take off along with F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, as well as Dutch F-16s and National Guard A-10s.... Read more»

F-15s, F-16s to visit D-M for training

Groups of F-15 and F-16 fighter jets will be training out of Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB for the next month, along with a visiting group of A-10s.... Read more»

GAO: Air Force plan to retire A-10 did not fully weigh impact, costs

The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said.... Read more»

Defense budget bill includes funding for D-M, Ft. Huachuca

A defense budget bill introduced in the U.S. House includes full funding for the A-10 and EC-130H Compass Call aircraft at Davis-Monthan, and support for missions at Ft. Huachuca. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said the provisions were a "big victory for Southern Arizonans and our national defense."... Read more»

D-M could host F-35 reserve squadron, Air Force announces

Tucson's Davis-Monthan is among four bases being considered as possible hosts for an Air Force Reserve squadron of F-35 fighter jets within the next seven years, officials said Tuesday. The Air Force has repeatedly tried to phase out the base's mainstay, the A-10 close air support jet. ... Read more»

Pentagon: A-10s will fly through 2022

The Air Force's A-10 attack jets will not be retired until at least 2022, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, previewing the Obama administration's military budget. The planes, including those based in Tucson, had been on a path to an earlier retirement in favor of the F-35, with some already grounded.... Read more»

McSally hails reports Air Force backing off A-10 retirement

The Pentagon "is finally coming to its senses," said Rep. Martha McSally, welcoming reports that the military is backing off plans to retire the Air Force's fleet of A-10 attack aircraft, including planes based at Tucson's Davis-Monthan.... Read more»

D-M hosting F-15s, prop recon planes, A-10 unit during January

Three different units from across the country will be training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in January, and Tucsonans may spy some aircraft not commonly seen flying from the base.... Read more»

Photos: A-10s practice close air support

The Air Force released a set of photographs Sunday of A-10 planes and Pave Hawk helicopters practicing close air support tactics on the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range west of Tucson.... Read more»

Air Force chief of staff quietly visiting D-M

The chief of staff of the Air Force has been quietly visiting Tucson over the last few days. Gen. Mark Welsh, a former A-10 pilot, recently clashed with U.S. Rep. Martha McSally over the Air Force's plans to phase out the attack plane, including those based at Davis-Monthan.... Read more»1

McCain: AG nominee unfit because she supports Obama’s immigration action

U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s support of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration makes her unfit for the post.... Read more»1

House passes budget bill that would save the A-10 for a year

The House passed a defense funding bill Thursday that would keep the Air Force's A-10 fighter jets flying for another year.... Read more»1

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