The Air Force anticipates releasing the list of candidate basing locations for the Light Mobility Aircraft next month, service officials announced Wednesday. Following that will come the list of preferred locations in the first quarter of 2011 and then the final basing decisions in early 2012, once the environmental impact analyses are completed, they said. Basing criteria include mission requirements, training requirements, airspace, facilities and infrastructure, support capacity, environmental impacts, and cost. Air Force officials will also consider factors such as coordination with the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command. The Air Force is acquiring a fleet of LiMA platforms in order to train partner air forces in the operation of a small-sized airlifter that can fly in and out of austere areas.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.