Awesome A-10 Warthog in Action / Firing the Dreaded
The Air Force Is Re-Winging A-10s After All
It's official: The U.S. Air Force will buy new wings for aging A-10 Warthogs that risked a one way trip to the boneyard. The Air Force has made clear its intention to keep the A-10 flying after concerns surfaced that the service was taking advantage of the issue to get rid of the iconic close air support plane.
Earlier this month, a Pentagon official in charge of the A-10 program announced an effort to re-wing 110 of the jets “was not going to happen.” Of the 280 A-10s still in U.S. Air Force service, 173 have received new wings to keep them flying into the 2030s. The original re-winging contract with Boeing was for 242 sets of wings, but the contract ended when it was no longer cost-effective for the company, and the Boeing production line is closing later this year.
That left at least 110 A-10s high and dry without new wings, a state that threatened to ground them for good unless a solution was found, reducing the number of A-10 squadrons from nine to six. The Air Force, focused on getting the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter up and running, didn’t include a new wing contract it its 2018 budget. Congress, however added funding a new wing assembly line and four new wings to get it warmed up.
Now, the Air Force has committed to buying more wings. According to DoDBuzz General Mike Holmes, the head of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, announced last week at a Washington D.C. think tank that the service will buy more wings beyond the initial four. Exactly how many wings will “depend on a Department of Defense decision and (the Air Force’s) work with Congress”.
The U.S. Air Force has tried to retire the A-10 since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, allocating its mission to the F-16, and now the F-35A. Retiring the A-10 would free up $4 billion over five years, enough to fund about 44 F-35As, as well as free up nine squadrons of personnel who could be reassigned to other projects. The A-10’s popularity with the public, ground troops who received support in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Congress have repeatedly saved it from an early retirement.
Critics outside the service believe that the F-35A is ill-suited to replace the A-10, and that no other plane has the firepower, protection and performance characteristics that make it a viable replacement. The F-35A lacks the GAU-8/A 30-millimeter gun for close air support missions, the large number of hardpoints for carrying a variety of ordnance, and the armor and redundant systems to keep it flying after a hit.
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I live literally right next to Martin State Airport where they fly these beauties every single day in formation. The Maryland national guard has the A10 C variant -
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Until the Air Force can find a better plane the Warthog should remain in operation. The current planes being evaluated are not in my personal observation a viable replacement. They don’t carry the ordinance of the A10 including the GAU-8. Yes, it’s old (1972), but the armor plating a reliability of the plane is unquestioned.
chemical mike I've seen a pilot land his A 10 with a third of its wingspan missing and one engine dead. And the pilot also had injuries. But he survived. And the sound of the A 10 is like music in your ears when pinned down in a ditch under heavy enemi fire. And the big gatling leaves nothing to fantasy. Love the plane and its pilots.
I love the A-10 and their Drivers. There is nothing that made me sleep better than knowing those A-10 was our cover. There isn’t anything that sounds like that A-10 whine, that unmistakable cross of death and then that gun fires, and everybody knows someone just got his free ride to eternity. It would be a shame to drop them from the inventory.
The problem with the Air Force Generals is that they're embarrassed that a plane has managed to kick this much ass for so long and they can't come up with anything better to spend our money on so instead of keeping them flying, they'd rather piss away billions now on a single engine turbo prop, that can't begin to do the job the A-10 does.
To the red rocket ytuber . S400?! Wasted rocket on "this"? Lol! Shouder lancher Verba will do it. Book is too much. Tor will shred them all. In the other hand Su-25 almost imune to rockets - from 2018 every Su-25 in hostile zone equipt with Electronic Warfare conteiner Vitesbk. Keep talking dood!
Robert Brunston : I suspect they're going to replace the A10's and perhaps the C-130's etc. with the alleged reverse engineered alien vehicles like the TR3B or the Aurora that also possess reverse engineered alien weaponry far more advanced and destructive than the mere A10's and C-130s etc. Just something to chew on!
...and when Isil is defeated, who with they shoot at? Have to go and find another war to justify the expenditure. The US spends $1.1 trillion on defence and armaments each year. If you take the 19 other members of the G20 countries, thats more than all their own defense budgets combined. Thats simply obscene.
And yet the US has some of the lowest wage rates for semi skilled and unskilled workers amongst first world countries. Considering its supposed to be the wealthiest country in the world, that wealth does not reach the common person in the street. Trump said he was going to fix that, but as he gets to half way in his 4 year term, thats gone into the too hard basket. You have all been conned.
Claudia Juarez "Here, let me just marginalize and exaggerate rumors and conspiracy theories that I have heard and try to use them in the real world against people..." I hope you find the ability to diss your pre-confirmation bias against the U.S. and start to understand that the entire world is imperfect. The U.S. has not done anything that any other nation has not, to deny that would only make you seem more ignorant.
There no dogfighting wheres the dogfighting. Man one of the only PLAIN in the U.S. fleet thats able to fight close range airbactics i was expecing a real dog fight wressing in THE air a qouter mile squer fighting ring.. hay flyboys thanks for your survives making ezer for ground trups. I wasnt to see a A-10 tellspin
phaed .tingley That they kill those who want to kill you or your loved ones! Before they get a chance.
I served in a F104 fighter-bomber sqadron in my days and I still love the sound of a Vulcan gattling gun! Or do you mean that you would love them to have their way and rather get killed than fight back? Or is killing other people O.K. as long as they don‘t kill you personaly? Sounds pretty selfish to me!
goli880 And who protect you from external enemies for the balance of your life? You think people will not bother you ,simply because you ask them not to do so? Or worse , because you did nothing to them. Grow up !
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