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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Air Force plan to retire its fleet of A-10 attack jets includes the more than 80 A-10s at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

Retiring the A-10 is supposed to save $3.5 billion.

The attached Air Force map detailswho will lose what and when under the proposed Air Force budget.

It says more than half of D-M's A-10s could begone in a little over two and a half years, and our base would get hitharder by the A-10's demise than any other base in the entire country.

Approximately 55 active duty jets at D-M would go out ofservice in fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

Congress blocked any A-10 retirements thiscalendar year so those cuts could start next January and run through September 2016.

Then 28 Air Force Reserve A-10s at D-M would be deactivated in fiscal 2019 but those would be replaced by 21 F-16s.   

Also on the list as leaving D-M: seven EC-130 electronic combat aircraft infiscal 2016.

A National Guard unit there would losethree predator unmanned aerial vehicles while adding six more advanceddrones.

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  I TALKED WITH CONGRESSMAN RON BARBER ...WHO'SFIGHTING TO KEEP THE A-10'S IN SERVICE.

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