/ Modified dec 7, 2022 10:45 p.m.

NDAA helps local bases but cuts A-10s

The defense spending plan reduces the number of A-10 aircraft.

A-10 over DM An A-10 makes a pass over the runway at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. July 2021.
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Congress is allowing the Air Force to retire 21 A-10 aircraft as part of the new defense spending plan which could be approved before the end of the year.

The A-10s slated for retirement in the bill known as the NDAA are not based in Tucson. They are all based in Indiana.

Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the main training base for A-10 pilots. The Air Force has tried to retire the plane for years but it is a favorite of U.S. ground forces due to its ability to provide close air support.

The NDAA also sets aside millions of dollars for new construction and a rescue helicopter simulator at Davis-Monthan.

Congress also authorized millions of dollars for the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport.

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