The Pentagon will delay until 2022 its plan to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet, a mainstay at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the announcement yesterday. Eventually, the A-10s will be replaced with the newer F-35s.
D-M supporters fear retiring the A-10s would make the base more vulnerable to future closure. D-M pumped an estimated $973 million into the local economy in 2014.