An A-10 Thunderbolt II, assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, GA, returns to mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, over the skies of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, May 8, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)

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The $207.2 billion total spending in the Air Force's 2021 budget request holds even with what the service was allotted in 2020.

The lack of change in dollars contrasts with Air Force officials' comments about a need for dramatic change to prepare for potential high-end conflict with a power like Russia or China.

"If you have platforms that are not going to play in that 2030 fight, is there a near-term risk, which is real risk, that we need to take as a department to buy our future, to be able to have the connectivity we need to fight at the speeds the future's going to demand?" Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said in January.

The 2021 request, released Monday, stopped short of big shakeups, such as ditching entire aircraft inventories or scrapping major procurement programs, according to Defense News.

But the proposed 2021 budget would part with a number of noteworthy aircraft, freeing up $4.1 billion in the next five-year spending plan and reflecting a belief that "winning in the future will require investing in the right new capabilities now," an Air Force spokeswoman told

Below, you can which aircraft the Air Force wants to retire:

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An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady flies a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Rose Reynolds)

After nearly 70 years of service, the U.S. Air Force plans to begin divesting its fleet of U-2 Dragon Lady spy planes starting in fiscal year 2025, budget documents show.

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A pair of U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 188th Fighter Wing, Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, Ark., fly in formation over Kansas, June 7, 2014. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel)

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Despite multiple efforts to push the iconic A-10 Warthog's retirement date further into the future, the U.S. Air Force is now slated to shelve dozens of the Cold War-era ground-attack planes in the upcoming fiscal year, according to the service's budget request.

The Air Force will remove 44 Thunderbolt IIs from its total aircraft inventory, the fiscal 2021 Air Force budget documents say.

Their removal comes as the Air Force recently awarded a contract worth nearly $1 billion to Boeing Co. to produce new wings for the aircraft in need of the upgrade.

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A Cham Wings Airbus A320 (Shutterstock via Business Insider)

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Syrian troops nearly shot down an airliner attempting to land in Damascus in the confusing aftermath of Israeli airstrikes early Thursday morning.

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You hear that? That's the sound of America. (Facebook/Combat Learjet)

There are few things that scream 'America' more than the incredible might of the U.S. military. Warm apple pie with ice cream? Sure. A game of baseball on a summer night? Definitely! Fireworks on the Fourth of July? Abso-fucking-lutely.

Now you can add the glory of half-dozen A-10 Thunderbird II aircraft dropping a buttload of flares to your list of all-American goodies.

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A Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano A-29 experimental aircraft flies over White Sands Missile Range. The A-29 participated in the U.S. Air Force Light Attack Experiment (OA-X), a series of trials to determine the feasibility of using light aircraft in attack roles, starting in 2017(U.S. Air Force/Ethan D. Wagner)

U.S. Special Operations Command is looking to pick up 75 light attack aircraft to conduct "armed overwatch" missions in conjunction with ground forces, according to new solicitation.

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