Air Force plans aircraft changes for Arizona, Nevada bases

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 03: A sculpture of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds at the main gate of Nellis Air Force Base is shown on April 3, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Friday, the 99th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Cavan Craddock declared a public health emergency at the base as a result of the coronavirus, allowing for greater access to health care resources and more authority to limit access to the installation. Beginning on April 6th, access to the base will be limited to mission essential personnel and those who reside at the base. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

MYSTERY WIRE (LAS VEGAS, Nev. – AP) — The Air Force wants to free up space for more fighter aircraft at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas by transferring attack and rescue aircraft to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.

Realignment plans announced Wednesday calls for transferring units operating A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets and HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters from Nellis to Davis-Monthan.

The Air Force said the transfers will enable assignment of more F-35A Lightning II and F-22 Raptor fighters to the Nevada base for testing and training while locating more rescue units together at Davis-Monthan.

The Air Force said the proposed plan’s first phase is contingent on congressional approval of retirement of 42 A-10s.

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