- Mar 11, 2006
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- SE Virginia
- Political Leaning
Budget cuts leaving Marine Corps aircraft grounded | Fox News
Hey, if you decide to go to war, you have to pay for the reset! You don't cut budgets when your equipment comes back used. This is all known ahead of time, it's no coincidence the budgets were cut when they were cut. Didn't we just have a record year for tax revenue?EXCLUSIVE: Since 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps has prided itself on being “The Few" and "The Proud." But while the Corps takes pride in doing more with less, senior Marine officers are warning that the Corps' aviation service is being stretched to the breaking point.Today, the vast majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly. The reasons behind the grounding of these aircraft include the toll of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the fight against ISIS and budget cuts precluding the purchase of the parts needed to fix an aging fleet, according to dozens of Marines interviewed by Fox News at two air stations in the Carolinas this week.
Out of 276 F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters in the Marine Corps inventory, only about 30% are ready to fly, according to statistics provided by the Corps. Similarly, only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are airworthy.