Doing away with its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers and A-10 attack jets is one option the Air Force is considering as a way to cut costs as budget cuts loom, according to sources. Other possible cuts include F-15C fighter jets and search-and-rescue helicopters. "You only gain major savings if you cut an entire fleet. You can cut aircraft from a fleet, but you save a lot more money if you cut all the infrastructure that supports the fleet," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, although he declined to specify types of aircraft that could be affected.
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