Ukrainian pilots, F-16s, Tucson
Sep 12, 2023

Ukrainian pilots could be flying F-16s in three months, Air National Guard head says

The U.S. could have the first Ukrainian pilots trained on F-16 fighter jets before the end of the year, though it will be longer than that before they are flying combat missions, the director of the U.S. Air National Guard said Tuesday.

An A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft from the 124th Operations Support Flight flying over Utah in early 2012. The Pentagon wants to retire the 40-year-old close-support fighter jets as part of its budget-cutting. (Photo by Staff Sgt Stephany Richards/U.S. Air Force)
Apr 11, 2014

Arizona lawmakers blast ‘ridiculous’ plan to retire A-10 fighter jets

Arizona congressmen Thursday renewed calls for the Pentagon to drop its “absolutely ridiculous” plan to retire the A-10 fighter, saying the replacement F-35 is 10 times as costly and does not protect ground forces as well.