It is not so much the flight hours causing wear and tear on U.S. Air Force aircraft, as much as it is the deployment cycles and conditions, according to Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, Air Force vice chief of staff and others who testified in April before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. "For a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III deployed and operated [to] transport items that would have typically been transported by ground, the wear and tear is three ...


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