With the potential for delays in the delivery of 1,763 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force has started to perform stress tests on its existing fleet of F-16 Falcons to determine how to keep some of the jets flying through the end of the decade, according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. Some have pushed for the Air Force to buy new 4.5 generation fighters such as Boeing's F-15SE Silent Eagle to prevent a gap in fighter jets.

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