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Air Force to keep A-10 flyingSecretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force's ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the "Warthog," will not face retirement until at least at least six years. "The budget defers the A-10's final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on a squadron-by-squadron basis, so we'll always have enough aircraft for today's… (www.cnn.com) More...
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Good news for the grunts. Amazing how the DND make it sound like this was all their idea rather than Congress, both parties, got it right. The second message: we might have the F-35 working by 2022.
time to consider where to build the next 250 of these magnificent warbirds, because the need will persist well beyond 2022. The ones on non-flying status ought to be remanufactured and re-engined and sent back to work. Many sit in desert dry storage and every one of them is a candidate for rehabilitation and re-entry into the fray, either as parts or flying status. Does any sane person truly think Afghanistan, iran, iran, Libya or other desert localities will be pacified anytime soon, or anytime at all? hence the need for this weapon. No F-35 will ever exist than can do this work, so quit kidding about that,
When you get right down to it the A-10 doesn't need many improvements for its current and future role. Avionics and air ground communications can all be placed on the current airframe as can new engines when needed. The Air Force just needs to upgrade the storage birds then begin to rotate them with those flying in a continuous upgrade and restoration program.
Nice to see the DOD finally realzing what everyone else knew....the A-10 is a tank drivers worst nightmare and deserves to continue doing what it does best - ruin tank driver's days! And then giving them a smokin' hole to die in!
To bad the Marines don't have something like this to back them up. So far the F35 is a bust. Biggest waste of money, besides congress, that we have.
Amen, one hell of a punch.
Bang for the buck sums it up. Keeping the old birds flying makes sense with all the low tech conflicts these days.