Retiring an aircraft is one of the most difficult Washington fights a service can take on. Members of Congress and contractors come to the defense of parochial interests, and if the National Guard and state governors get involved, the politics can become messy. Still, the Air Force is trying again, floating the idea of retiring its F-15s to avoid replacing its center fuselage and wings that will begin to wear out in the late 2020s. The service would replace those aircraft with new F-16s. It ...

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