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The Pentagon's plan to eliminate the A-10 attack jet could have huge economic impact on the Tucson community. 

Seeing an A-10 in the skies above the city is a common sight, but with new budget cuts coming to the Department of Defense, the A-10 program could be eliminated completely. 

According to a new Air Force budget plan the call is to retire the entire A-10 fleet, in order to save $3.5 billion. 

General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently told the House Armed Services Committee that the A-10s time has passed. 

If the A-10 were grounded, it would mean 2,000 jobs at Davis-Monthan would be eliminated as would a portion of the base's $1.5 billion economic impact on the city. 

The future of the A-10 and what it means for Tucson will likely come up for discussion again next week, as the House Committed focuses on the Air Force's budget request.

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