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Troops Scour Museums for Spare Parts Amid Calls for More Military Spending

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 01:56 PM

A former congressman, warning the U.S. military faces a readiness crisis, reveals the Marines have been forced to scour museums for spare aircraft parts.

Mike Rogers, who had served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said troops have had to take equipment from museum aircraft just to keep planes in the air, the Washington Examiner reports.

"Another group of folks flocking to museums, and one you might not think of, the United States Marines," the Examiner quotes Rogers, a former Republican lawmaker from Michigan.

According to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry, Marine aviation squadrons are salvaging aircraft parts from museums in order to keep planes flying.

"The problem is military readiness accounts have been stretched thin and they haven't been replenished. For years Peter has been robbed to pay Paul ... the result is that only 60 percent of Marine Corps planes are ready to fly at a moment's notice."

His comments come as the Senate considers a proposal to increase military spending. Fox News reports that in order to get one jet fighter flying again, Marines had to take a landing gear door off a "mothballed museum jet."

"Imagine taking a 1995 Cadillac and trying to make it a Ferrari," Sgt. Argentry Uebelhoer said, according to Fox News. "You're trying to make it faster, more efficient, but it's still an old airframe … [and] the aircraft is constantly breaking."

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A former congressman, warning the U.S. military faces a readiness crisis, reveals the Marines have been forced to scour museums for spare aircraft parts.
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