/ Modified feb 19, 2020 9:50 a.m.

Arizona lawmakers to fight military plan to retire some A-10 jets

Sen. McSally and Rep. Kirkpatrick both vowed to fight the move to retire dozens of A-10s, a mainstay at Tucson's Davis-Monthan.

A-10 at DM An A-10 assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing commander at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, June 29, 2018.
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Some Arizona lawmakers intend to fight a plan by the U.S. Air Force to begin retiring parts of the nation’s fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets, which are part of a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that decommissioning the jets is part of an Air Force objective to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s beginning later this year.

Eds.: A previous subheadline of this story incorrectly identified the title of U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

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