The U.S. Air Force intends to retire the OC-135B aircrafts that have been used for nearly 30 years for surveillance flights over Russia as part of the Treaty on Open Skies (TOS).
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Don Bacon said the planes will be sent to an aircraft graveyard where they will be used for parts or cut up for scrap.
“These planes are almost 60 years old and are too expensive to operate,” the U.S. House member explained.
The decision to scrap the planes “has raised questions about whether President Joe Biden is planning to return” to the DON with Russia. Bacon, however, believes that such actions, on the contrary, close the door to a return to the agreement.