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

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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