USAF Fighter Shortfall Smaller Than Expected

By Amy Butler

The U.S. Air Force’s “fighter gap” is shrinking dramatically, but not because more aircraft are being acquired.

The service hopes to buy 1,763 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the coming years to replace 2,228 legacy fighters. The difference is because each new F-35 and the existing Lockheed Martin F-22s will be far more capable than their predecessors ...

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