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The Decline of the U.S. Air force Under President Obama
In the past four years, President Obama added to the unemployment figures. He cancelled or delayed seven aircraft production lines that reduced the U.S. Air force's capability but also put 10 million people out of work and ended $50 billion in export profits.
Because of this, America's air force has the fewest aircraft since its creation, which was 1947. Then, it had over 12,000 planes, today, only 5200. Since Obama became president in 2008, the air force has been forced to retire 700 more aircraft than it bought, in 2013, they will have to retire another 300 while replacing it with only 54. The last time so few aircraft for military purposes were bought was back in 1915!
Forget about the numbers. Many feel the US have the technology advantage, while it is true, that edge is being eroding, so less better aircraft does not offset the numbers. Think, 10 F-22 or F-35's in an air battle with 50+ older generation aircraft of China\Russia. Eventually, numbers always prevail. But both of these countries and now India, already have aircraft as good at the US 4th generation aircraft-the F-15 and F-16. China and Russia are busy on their F-22 equivalents. Both countries state they plan to make these new aircraft in much larger numbers than what the US plans to. Both countries plan to export them to other countries.
The fleet of aircraft in the U.S. Air force averages 25 years old, some are 50 years old. They need maintenance because of the thousands of hours on them. Cutting the military assets also creates unemployment in numerous industries affiliated with them. The biggest employer in many ways is the military machine.