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Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog: Air Force Eyes 2016 F-35 Operations Start Date

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F35Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog, assistant vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service is looking to start initial operations for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jet in August 2016, Reuters reported Thursday.

Hoog told a conference hosted by the Air Force Association that congressional moves against the A-10 aircraft retirement have blocked the transition of mechanics to the F-35 program, Andrea Shalal reports.

He said the Air Force is working with lawmakers to cease operations of some A-10 units in order to declare operational capability of the F-35 program, according to the report.

Hoog added that the Air Force would require 800 to 1,100 maintenance workers to sustain the F-35 jets, Reuters reports.

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