The remaining USAF fleet of 7 C-20s (Gulfstream IV) VIP-jets will be decommissioned if the FY15 Budget proposal goes through. The aircraft with registration 00300 seen here just before take-off from Ramstein Airbase in Germany (Image © Marcel Burger)

Overview: the USAF from FY15

The FY15 budget proposal sent by the Pentagon to the US Congress does not only speak of taking out the entire A-10 and U-2 fleets, bunch of other aircraft will be cut from the active, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve strengths if Congress gives the Pentagon budget planners the green light for everything.

The losses: 427 aircraft

  • 36 McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F-15C Eagle air superiority fighters: 2 F-15Cs from the active force in Nevada (FY15), 3 F-15Cs from the California ANG (FY16), 3 F-15Cs from the Louisiana ANG (FY16), 1 F-15C from the active force in Florida (FY15), 3 F-15Cs from the Florida ANG (FY16), 3 F-15Cs from the Massachusetts ANG, 21 F-15Cs at locations outside the CONUS (FY15);
  • 7 Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS from the active force in Oklahoma (FY16);
  • 6 Boeing/Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Stars from the Florida ANG (FY15-16);
  • 7 Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call from the active force in Arizona (FY16);
  • 27 Beechcraft MC-12 ELINT/SIGINT aircraft from the active force in California (FY15), another 13 will go to the Oklahoma ANG;
  • 20 Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical airlifters: 12 C-130H from the Arkansas AF Reserve (FY15), 4 C-130H from the Colorado ANG (FY15), 4 C-130H from the Wyoming ANG (FY15);
  • 7 Gulfstream C-20 (Gulfstream IV): 2 C-20Hs from locations outside the CONUS (FY15), 5 C-20B from the active force in Maryland / DC (FY15);
  • 2 IAI/Gulfstream C-38 Courier bizjet from the Maryland / DC ANG (FY15);
  • 283 Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II: 21 from the Idaho ANG, 21 from the Indiana ANG, 21 from the Michigan ANG, 27 from the Missouri AF Reserve, 22 from the Maryland / DC ANG, 48 from the active force in Georgia, 24 from the active force outside the CONUS, 2 from the active force in Florida, 55 from the active force in Arizona, 28 from the Arizona AF Reserve, 14 from the active force in Nevada;
  • 32 Lockheed U-2 from the active force in California.

A Lakenheath based F-15C Eagle landing at Leeuwarden AB, the Netherlands, in 2010 (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A Lakenheath based F-15C Eagle landing at Leeuwarden AB, the Netherlands, in 2010 (Image © Dennis Spronk)

The gains: 57 aircraft

  • 47 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters: 21 F-16s to the Arizona AF Reserve (FY19), 21 F-16s to the Indiana ANG (FY19), 21 F-16s to the Missouri ANG (FY18), but the Oregon ANG looses 15 F-15Cs (FY18);
  • 2 Joint STARS Next Generation to the Georgia ANG (FY19);
  • 8 Lockheed C-130J Hercules tactical airlifters to the Maryland / DC ANG (FY18).

Not calculated in the gains are f.ex. new aircraft ordered already and not affected by the FY15 proposals, like the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II.

Not often seen are tiger markings on USAF aircraft. This 79th FS F-16C from Shaw Air Force Base was a welcome exception in 1997. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Not often seen are tiger markings on USAF aircraft. This 79th FS F-16C from Shaw Air Force Base was a welcome exception in 1997. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

The neutrals: 50 aircraft
The US will take the following aircraft away from the regular units to be put in the Backup Aircraft Inventory (BAI):

  • 8 Lockheed C-5 Galaxy strategic airlifters: 4 C-5s from the active force in California (FY15), 4 Lockheed C-5s from the active force in Delaware (FY15);
  • 16 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifters: 8 C-17s from the active force in Washington (FY15), 8 C-17s from the active force in South Carolina (FY15-16).

One of the big ones is this Lockheed C-5A Galaxy from Memphis, Tennessee (Image © Elmer van Hest)
One of the big ones is this Lockheed C-5A Galaxy from Memphis, Tennessee (Image © Elmer van Hest)

These aircraft will be moved around:

  • 10 C-130J from the North Carolina AF Reserve to the Arkansas AF Reserve (FY14);
  • 16 KC-135s from units not mentioned yet: 8 KC-135s to the California AF Reserve (FY15), 8 KC-135s to the active force in Florida (FY18), 8 KC-135s to the Michigan ANG (FY17), 4 KC-135s to the Oklahoma AF Reserve, but Hawaii ANG looses 4 aircraft of the type.

Source: USAF

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