Sunday, October 14, 2012

Budget halts plane moves

The transfer of F-22 fighters from New Mexico to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is being delayed because of a spending freeze. The aircraft and personnel from Holloman Air Force Base were to move to Tyndall next spring. At least 17 bases are waiting to welcome or retire aircraft. The freeze is keeping older aircraft such as C-5As and C-130Es in service at Air National Guard bases, along with blocking the movement of F-22 and F-16 squadrons at active bases. (Sources: multiple, including Panama City News Herald, 10/13/12, Air Force Times, 10/12/12)