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Budget cuts will ground fighter jets, Pentagon announces

A third of the U.S. Air Force's active-duty force of combat planes — including fighters and bombers — will be grounded due to federal budget cuts, a top general said Tuesday.

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The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform their precision aerobatics over Key West, Fla., March 23. The commander of Naval air forces announced on April 9 that the U.S. Navy has canceled the remainder of the elite Blue Angels demonstration team's 2013 season because of federal cuts.

Rob O'Neal / Florida Keys News Bureau / AP / File

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A third of the U.S. Air Force's active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers will be grounded due to federal budget cuts, and only the units preparing to deploy to major operations, such as the war in Afghanistan, will remain mission-ready, a top general said Tuesday.

Other units would stand down on a rotating basis, said Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia.

"The current situation means we're accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur," Hostage said in a statement.

 

The Air Force didn't immediately release a list of the specific units and bases that would be affected, but it said it would cover some fighters like F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-22 Raptors, and some airborne warning and control aircraft in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific.

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