The U.S. Air Force's plan to retire about a fifth of its Lockheed Martin F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighters is expected to draw scrutiny in Congress. The Air Force, which is proposing the reduction as part of its recently released fiscal 2005 budget request, estimates that retiring 10 of its 52 F-117As would save $73.6 million, which would be freed for other priorities. The service insisted in a statement that it would retain sufficient stealthy, precision strike capability with the ...


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