Military strategy should drive the budget, not the other way around
Stop Apologizing for America and Start Promoting Liberty
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In some families, a father will proudly pass a car he’s driven for many years along to his son. But Air Force pilot David A. Deptula has gone even further.
He earned his wings and flew an F-15 for the first time in 1977. Thirty years later his son, Lt. David A. Deptula II, flew the same jet.
“We have really flown these aircraft well beyond what originally would be believed as their replacement lifetime,” the elder Deptula, a retired lieutenant general, says. The F-15 was originally designed for a 4,000-hour service life. That was later extended to 8,000 hours. “And now, because of some of the fiscal constraints that are being imposed on the Department of Defense, there is consideration being given to extending the lifetime even further,” he says.