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Aircraft are meant to fly. The longer they sit on the ground the more problems develop. I was aircraft maintenance for most of my Air Force career; worst thing possible is to ground an aircraft for an extended period...the longer they are on the ground the longer and more intensive maintenance becomes to get em flying right again. Hydraulic seals get dry, engines start seeping, fuel seeps develop...and that is just the half of it. Even avionics seem to get weird when left unused for a while. Yep, aircraft are meant to fly!
 

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Fuel is cheap now. Load as many planes as possible with illegals and fly them to Africa.
 
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We use to keep B-52 bombers on Alert Pad status for 60 days, "cocked and ready-to-go", in the 1960's, and would "cartridge start" all the Alert Bombers and Alert Tankers at least once a week for engine and systems operations and then taxi the bombers for 5 miles about every tenth day for tire rotations. Two cartridges per bomber (engines 2 & 8) and one for a KC-135 tanker, the cartridges being about as large as a 2 ib. can of coffee. With 6 bombers and 12 tankers making up our Alert Force, the flight line at Fairchild AFB would be "fogged in" pretty good from starter cartridge smoke, each alert exercise.
 

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Fuel is cheap now. Load as many planes as possible with illegals and fly them to Africa.
Or just take them up and do some training flights, etc. to keep them moving
 
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