Great plane. It’ll be useful in cleaning out the ISIS sewers
Like the bean counters would every let the Air Force risk a 100 million dollar plane to fly low and slow to take out tanks. I am thinking that the Warthog will be around longer than the F35 gold-plated brick.
Dang i love that thing!
the top stuka pilot in the luftwaffe was an advisor for that plane.
That plane is the Army combat soldier’s best friend. I guess that’s why the Air Force hates it so much.
Chances are the F-35 would be a smoking hole in the ground after a less than a hundred .22 longs hit it.
Talk about the plane that wouldn’t die....
There were weapons systems ( smaller, more powerful ) that could have got the F-35 closer to that goal, but they were all cancelled.
Try,just try using the same gun to shoot quail and hunt elephants. Nearly impossible. Air superoirity fighter/bombers and close in ground attack.planes are fundamentally different. An F35 also costs many multiples of what an A 10 costs. All this makes me wonder if the real purpose of phasing out the A 10 is actually to weaken the military because the A 10 does its job so well.
With those instrucions it’ll be around longer than the B-52, ehheheheheheheh..
And the winner is ... as if you expected different ... the F-35.
Given that at the highest levels, Generals ARE politicians, I would not be a bit surprised if word came down to pilots flying the A-10 in such tests, to ‘fix’ the test so the F-35 wins.
In Billy-boy’s Serbian adventure F-16’s were supposed to conduct ground support missions - from 15,000 feet.
Watch for the perfumed pencil-pushers of the USAF to try to rig the competition between the F-35 and the A-10 to put the Warthog at a severe disadvantage.
I recall years ago when F-15E pilots were squealing about the unfairness of going up against Warthogs in close air support competitions because they got their butts handed to them.
Close air support means low and slow. Air superiority means high and fast. What’s so hard to understand about that?
If it ever happens, it will be a long while before it does.
The A-10 just stands apart from any other aircraft ever conceived.
The F[racked up] 35 program is being pushed by the manufactures, despite what the “Troops” in the field are saying. It is more of a Air Force aircraft, [high,fast flying air plane] instead of the low down & dirty knife fighting air craft like the A10. When the AF Generals wanted to get rid of the A10, the Marine Corps sounded off that they wanted it, then the AF happened to change their mind/s. Now they have their fancy plane that is NOT worth the scrap value of the materials used to make it.
Why not just build more A-10s?
The only way to have a real fly off between the two for close air support would be to have real anti-aircraft rounds hitting them.
Which one can take the most hits and return home?
That is the one plane enemies fear the most. I know pilots, military pilots, and they all agree. The A-10 is the most feared plane in the US arsenal.