For 45 years, the Air Force has flown the C-5A Galaxy transport plane, from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has used the giant transport to deliver disaster and humanitarian aid all over the world.
Now, the Air Force would like to retire about two dozen of the planes, including 15 located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. To meet lawmaker demands that the Defense Department cut $487 billion in spending over the next 10 years, in addition to cutting spending this fiscal year as part of the sequester, the Air Force needs to save money more than it needs those aging C-5A transports. But Congress rejected the Air Force’s proposal to retire the planes, insisting it keep them active. Then Congress failed to budget enough money for the Air Force to actually fly the planes.
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