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The #USAF Close Air Support A-10 Warthog Lives #Army #Military #Veterans

On Monday, the House Armed Services Committee released a draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. It included $103 million to keep the second-most controversial plane in the Air Force’s fleet, the A-10, flying. Senior brass in the Air Force have been trying to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II, commonly called the “Warthog” for its less-than-comely appearance, for years. Faced with tough budget constraints, the Air Force has tried to prioritize its core missions, including a long-term search for a new strategic bomber dubbed the “Long Range Strike Bomber Program.” The other priority for the Air Force has been the most expensive weapons system in history, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The futuristic, stealthy jet comes in Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps variants. The original design was elegant and efficient: One platform, with minor differences between variant...

Full article: http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-a-10-warthog-lives/arti...

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