A-10 Warthogs Battle ISIS … And Fight for Their Future
Congress and Air Force argue over attack jets' future
The U.S. Air Force has been trying to retire its 300 A-10 Warthog attack jets for several years now, arguing that the 1980s-vintage tank-killlers are out of date and too vulnerable — and that new F-35 stealth fighters are adequate replacements.
But Congress isn’t having it. Lawmakers keep adding language to the Air Force’s budget authorizations requiring the flying branch to keep the twin-engine attackers. Meanwhile, Warthogs have deployed to Turkey for devastating strikes on Islamic State in Syria.
Find out more in War Is Boring’s video featurette, above.