/ Modified jun 28, 2017 4:23 p.m.

Defense Bills in U.S. House to Keep A-10s in the Air

Congress will fund necessary maintenance to keep the planes flying.

A-10 flying hero An A-10 Thunderbolt II flying for a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, May 2017. (PHOTO: Michael Battles, U.S. Department of Defense)

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The defense budget and the National Defense Authorization Act working their way through the U.S. House of Representatives both include money to keep the A-10 flying.

Earlier this year, the Air Force proposed grounding more than 100 A-10s during the upcoming fiscal year because the service branch did not have needed money for wing maintenance.

The two budget bills now call for $103 million for new A-10 wings, $17.5 million for other upgrades, and $6 million for safety inspections.

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., said the money will keep the A-10 flying “well into the future.”

"The other upgrades are related to laser-guided rockets and also some other modifications to their systems that air traffic control uses to make them compliant with upgraded [Federal Aviation Administration] requirements," said McSally, who represents Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.

McSally flew the A-10 while in the Air Force.

Currently, 83 A-10s are headquartered at Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The bills also include full funding for the C-130 "Compass Call" mission at Davis-Monthan as well as funding for programs at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.

The bills still need the approval of the full House and Senate and the President’s signature.

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