The U.S. military relies on its strike aircraft for missions across the world, from fighting terrorists in the Middle East to deterring Russian aggression in Europe. But today those fighters are exhausted from decades of combat, and the military does not have enough money to keep up with critical maintenance work. The result is a hollow fighter force across the armed services. On a given day, fewer than half of U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s, just over half of U.S. Navy F/A-18s and fewer than ...

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