The Air Force plans to accelerate retirement of 254 legacy fighters, including 134 of its oldest F-16s, putting them out to pasture next fiscal year to help fund upgrades to the remaining legacy force as a bridge toward full-fielding of fifth-generation fighters. Here, F-16 pilots perform end-of-runway checks prior to takeoff from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., May 12, 2009, for deployment to Iraq.
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