Skip to comments.Warthog Attack Plane Finds New Life in Trump Administration
Posted on 05/27/2017 6:25:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Air Force leaders have reversed an Obama administration decision on the A-10 attack plane known as the Warthog.
The previous administration had decided to retire the aircraft, viewing it as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets.
Three years ago the Pentagon proposed scrapping the Warthog fleet as a way of saving $3.5 billion. Congress rejected that idea. Each of the next two years the military tried again, putting off the Warthog's retirement a bit further in the future each time....
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When the Norks and Chicoms come roaring across the 38th Parallel, we’re gonna need every airframe available. Real life “Independence Day.”
The muslim brotherhood probably advised 0bama to retire the Warthog.
The Air Force has been opposed to the A-10 since about 1975.
The Warthog is an awesome machine. I’d hate to be in it’s way. It can take a beating and keep going.
He'll probably have the AF investigate whether a 757 can be made into a super-Warthog.
They can call it the Sweathog.
The Air Force has hated the close air support mission from the start, and compared to the Marines, they’ve pretty much sucked at it. My father was a WWII Pacific Theater Army combat veteran, and he said the Army Air Forces (and the Navy) provided lousy CAS to his division. The Marines did it right, and they loved them for it. I’m former Navy Air, and admit we’ve not done it well, either.
Correct, the Air Force has never wanted it because it is slow and ugly and one of the best ground support aircraft ever made, something the Air Force has little interest in.
As much as I don’t like John McCain’s general policies, he fought to have this plane kept active. So I’ll give him that.
Sorry to ask this, but how do the Marines do it?
Always be suspicious when the fighter community tells you attack aircraft are unnecessary because an F-whatever can do the job. It just ain't so. You always need a mix of capabilities.
My father-in-law was in the 1st Marine Division in Korea and he said they loved to see the Corsairs coming, they always clobbered the Chinese and Norks. He never mentioned what branch, but I assumed they would be Navy.
Anything to make muslins itch and cry is all right by me.
Down at the mud level, because every Marine is first a rifleman.
Too bad Trump’s budget guru doesnt feel the same way about the 350 ship Navy Trump promised us.
But they wont give it to the Army where it belongs.
what had been a time of tight budgets.
We were borrowing and spending money at record rates during those years. Obama just refused fund the military.
It is one of only a couple of things the Federal Government *should* be doing.
Not to mention the Democrats prevented actual budgets from ever being implemented, just “ongoing resolution” ignoring their responsibility under the Constitution.
Despite all it’s armor etc., the A-10 is an easy target in anything other than third world opposition and probably a lot of even them.
Sort of the same for the Spectre. It packs a real punch but can only operate in certain areas.
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