Prototype Mustang being flight tested at Wright Field.
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Seventy years ago, the country was deep into World War Two, and the US was on the offensive in the air. Commentator Dan Patterson says that the big US four engine bombers were being shot down in shocking numbers.
Think about this: on one mission, we lost sixty bombers. That's six hundred men. It was just too much.
The US needed a fighter plane with long pegs, one that could go all way deep into Germany and protect the bombers, essentially win the air war and provide the long sought after supremacy of the air.
The nose of an A-10 Thunderbolt II ground support airplane, also known as a "Warthog." A-10's could be eliminated in the new military budget.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced some details about the proposed military budget to be released by President Obama next week, and the Air Force—including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base—could see some major changes in the coming years.
Colonel Cassie Barlow, who heads the 88th Air Base Wing, announced the base's intention to seek out cost-cutting partnerships in January, 2014.
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is holding meetings all day Thursday to talk about cost-cutting measures. In January, base officials announced they want to attract partnerships with area businesses and governments as a way to save money.