A Fitting Tribute to the Father of the A-10
Many people in and around Washington were recently treated to a rare sight. On a beautiful early spring afternoon, four A-10 Warthogs flew low over Arlington National Cemetery. The pilots flying them were honoring retired Air Force Col. Avery Kay, the officer who did more to create the plane... Read more
A-10s Blast Islamic State Militants as Ceasefire Takes Effect
A ceasefire between U.S.-backed rebels and Russian-backed Syrian forces went into effect in Syria on Feb. 27 — the first major respite in five years of warfare that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. The volunteer rescuers from the Syrian White Helmets group reported the ceasefire “holding in... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Still Plans to Prematurely Retire the A-10
Supporters of the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Warthog attack jet celebrated in February when the Pentagon announced that the flying branch would delay retiring the heavily-armored, gun-armed planes until 2022, eventually replacing the A-10 squadrons one at a time with units flying the new F-35 stealth fighter. Previously, the... Read more
What Will the Next A-10 Warthog Look Like?
Editor’s note: This article was originally published at The National Interest on Jan. 29. On Feb. 2, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Air Force would delay the A-10’s retirement until at least 2022. Former Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II squadron commander and current U.S. congresswoman Martha McSally is calling... Read more
El A-10 Warthog sobrevive para combatir un día más
Supuestamente el Ejército del Aire estadounidense ha decidido suspender temporalmente su campaña para retirar del servicio al veterano avión de apoyo aéreo cercano Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. Finalmente el Ejército del Aire estadounidense ha cedido ante la alta demanda del Warthog para combatir... Read more
The A-10 Warthog Lives to Fight Another Day
The U.S. Air Force has reportedly decided to temporarily call off its campaign to retire the long-serving Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft. The service finally relented because the Warthog is in high demand fighting the Islamic State terrorist entity in Iraq and Syria. With its... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Knows the A-10 Will Beat the F-35
Several weeks ago, the Project on Government Oversight announced its cautious optimism upon learning the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation planned to conduct a close air support fly-off between the proven A-10 and the yet-to-be proved F-35. The cautious aspect of that optimism has been proven to be... Read more
U.S. Senators Accuse the Air Force of Trying to Sneakily Kill A-10s
A group of senators has accused the U.S. Air Force of trying to sneakily kill the A-10 Warthog ground attack plane. Despite demands from Congress and American commanders on the front lines, the letter alleges the flying branch is cutting maintenance necessary to keep the planes airworthy. On Oct.... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Is Slowly Killing the F-16 — and Leaving Gaps in America’s Defenses
As the U.S. Air Force faced stiff opposition in Congress to its latest attempts to kill the A-10 Warthog, it offered up a thinly veiled threat. If it couldn’t ditch the low- and slow-flying planes, the service would cut somewhere else … like its F-16 fleet. The cuts were... Read more
While the U.S. Air Force Tried to Kill the A-10, Officials Struggled to Keep the Jets Airborne
U.S. Air Force leaders do their best to present a single viewpoint regarding the A-10 Warthog. To hear them tell it, the aircraft is worn out, vulnerable and has to go. Anyone who disagrees is ruled by personal biases and emotions. “I would be disappointed if the people who... Read more
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