Two Politicians Are Trying to Save the A-10 Attack Jet

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Two Politicians Are Trying to Save the A-10 Attack Jet Two Politicians Are Trying to Save the A-10 Attack Jet

Uncategorized November 4, 2013 0

Air Force photo Two Politicians Are Trying to Save the A-10 Attack Jet Here’s how you can help The U.S. Air Force has proposed... Two Politicians Are Trying to Save the A-10 Attack Jet
Air Force photo

Two Politicians Are Trying to Save the A-10 Attack Jet

Here’s how you can help

The U.S. Air Force has proposed to mothball by 2015 all 350 of its legendary A-10 Warthog ground-attack planes. The proposal comes as the flying branch is short on cash and desperate to reinvent itself with warplanes that are brand-new, high-tech and stealthy—the 1980s-vintage, brute-simple A-10 is none of these things.

But it is the world’s best warplane for helping troops on the ground. Armed with missiles and bombs and a fearsome 30-millimeter cannon, the Warthog has flown to the rescue in countless emergencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At least two politicians respect the A-10's prowess and want to save it. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, and Rep. Ron Barber, a Democrat from Arizona, have penned this letter to military leaders urging them to preserve the Warthog. “The A-10 provides close air support capability unmatched by any other aircraft,” they wrote.