It's something akin to raising the dead. A troubling shortage of flyable combat aircraft for the United States military. One official recently called the air fleet the "smallest, oldest and least ready" in history, which is forcing the military to go to its "boneyard."

The Marine Corps announced last month it was taking the extreme step of resurrecting 23 F/A-18 Hornets to meet fleet requirements until the new and much-delayed F-35 fighter is eventually delivered.