30 Mar '16, 10pm

Congressional failures just forced the Marines to raid a museum for aircraft parts

Congressional failures just forced the Marines to raid a museum for aircraft parts

Rep. Mac Thornberry, center, a Republican from Texas, discusses maintenance and readiness issues with members of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., March 18. (Photo: Cpl. Lucas Hopkins/Marine Corps) Marine aviation squadrons are salvaging aircraft parts from museums in order to keep planes flying, according to anecdotes from a key congressional leader. During a recent trip to several Southern U.S. military bases, Marines told House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, that they've been paying for their units' supplies like pens and paper towels, and were forced to raid decommissioned aircraft for parts. “I have heard firsthand from service members who have looked me in the eye and told of trying to cannibalize parts from a museum aircraft … getting aircraft that were sent to the boneyard in Arizona back a...

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