23 Sep '13, 11am

Future of A-10s uncertain

For decades, the A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the favorite jet of children at airshows and grunts on the ground. It’s slow. It’s ugly. But, it’s effective. Air Force officials have confirmed the service is looking at complete cuts of entire fleets of aircraft because of tightening budgets. Single-mission planes are at the top of the list, putting the A-10 right in the crosshairs. The A-10 has almost exclusively been used for close-air support since it was introduced in 1977. “A-10 was my first fighter. ... I love the airplane,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said. “It is the best airplane in the world at what it does. It is not the best at a lot of other things. It’s capable in many areas. If we’re going to look at what we must divest, not what we want to divest, but what we must divest, we have to be very honest with ourselves inside the Air Force about how much...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130923/NEWS04/3092...

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