Some F-35s are already likely going to be retired

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F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the U.S. The fighters were returning to Luke AFB, Ariz., after participating in the world’s largest air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown)

The earliest-produced of the F-35As in US Air Force inventory may be retired, thanks to advancements in improvement plans for the controversial aircraft.

The early F-35As, which are now mostly used for training, could find themselves being sent out to pasture thanks to rising Mission Capable Rates.

Ironically, of all the USAF’s MCR rates, the F-35A showed the most improvement and surpassed all other aircraft.

According to The Drive, one of the reasons for this successful boost in readiness was a major increase in spare parts and supply depots.

In addition to logistics improvements, the F-35A production and procurement methods are also improving, resulting in more advanced and capable aircraft coming off the assembly line.

Unfortunately for early F-35As, this means that they are “old hat,” and are much easier for the USAF to get rid of in exchange for newer ones.

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