With recent tensions over North Korea’s continued nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development, the U.S. sought to send a message to North Korea’s leaders by holding massive aerial drills in South Korea.
Unfortunately, Fox News reports that only one of the two B-1B bombers that was meant to deploy from Guam to Korea was able to make the trip. The other was held back due to maintenance problems. And this is not an isolated problem. Reportedly, only half of the Air Force’s B-1 bombers are in flying condition.
The Air Force’s operational readiness has been hampered both by budget issues and personnel shortfalls. Besides being short by about 2,000 pilots, the Air Force needs another 4,000 mechanics.
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