Pentagon Orders USAF, Navy To Buy Vintage Warbirds | Aero-News Network

The Pentagon on April 1st announced that it has initiated a program to buy up vintage warbirds as part of its effort to comply with mandatory budget cuts imposed by the Obama administration.

The military has set aside an undisclosed sum for the purchase of as many P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, and F4-U Corsairs as it can find, and bring them back to military standards. “Even with the cost of purchasing and upgrading the aircraft, the cost is significantly lower than the development of a new airplane,” said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. “We can operate squadrons of these airplanes for the cost of a single F-35. In most places in the world, they still would be the most capable fighters in the air, and the reduction in maintenance costs will save the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars.”

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7 thoughts on “Pentagon Orders USAF, Navy To Buy Vintage Warbirds | Aero-News Network”

  1. “Some owners have reportedly begun quietly moving their vintage warbirds offshore as a way to protect them from the re-acquisition program. ”

    OTOH, the Army’s parallel effort to re-acquire Civil War vintage artillery is going well. The National Parks proved a reluctant, but easy, source.

  2. I hear the Army is buy a lot of horses as well…and the Marines are learning how to climb masts and shoot from mizzen tops…

  3. We are also in negotiations with the Sudanese to outsource our fighter training to their country. The cost of living allowance would be able to be minimized.

    My momma didn’t raise no fool.

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