The Air Force intends to retire 59 aircraft in Fiscal 2011—mostly C-130E and C-5A transports—and add 137 new airframes to its inventory in that same span, according to service's proposed force structure realignments released May 11, 2010. The airplanes slated to join the force include 50 remotely piloted aircraft, 30 modern fighters, 25 transports, 25 trainers, and seven special-mission platforms. Here, an MQ-9 Reaper RPA, 29 more of which will enter the force in Fiscal 2011, taxis at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2009.
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Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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