Air Force mission-capable rates hit have their lowest point in 6 years, down to 69.97% for 2018, representing an 8% decrease from 2012. In laymen’s terms, only 7 out of 10 Air Force planes are able to fly at any given time. Though, that same year, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered the USAF to increase the readiness rates of 3 fighter jets (the F-16, F-22 and F-35) up to 80% by the end of September 2019, the USAF has yet to full overcome many of the factors driving this trend such as poor pilot retention, outdated training methodologies and antiquated equipment. However, with the emergence of the USAF new trainer jet, the T-X, the tide is starting to turn.
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