Skip to comments.Wounded Soldiers Stuck in Middle of Aircraft Battle
Posted on 10/31/2010 12:27:45 PM PDT by huldah1776
"More than two dozen injured U.S. troops, including six critical-care patients, have been loaded onto the C-17 transport aircraft destined for Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Then everyone aboard gets the bad news:
There's a fuel leak, and the aircraft may not be able to fly today."
"The Air Force has ordered 213 C-17s to date, but further orders depend on a battle between Congress, which has pushed to extend the production line, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who wants to halt further purchases."
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Obama wants to cut defense funding. He has talked about cutting the F-35 program.
0 is taking 40 planes to India.
Could he spare one for our wounded ?
There is never enough airlift, and the C-17 is in demand. I would love to see congress authorize continued low-rate production for Guard and Reserve units like they did for the C-130H. Those C-130s purchased in the 1980s and 1990s save us when the 1960s and 1970s C-130s developed wing cracks due to heavy flying in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There are six ANG and Air Force Reserve C-5 units. Build eight C-17s a year, and over the next six years, replace those C-5s.