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July 2, 2015

On A-10 ‘Warthog,’ Rank and File Defy the End

A-10 "Warthogs" make a flyover before the start of the IZOD INDYCAR Series Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in 2012. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

A-10 ‘Warthogs’ make a flyover before the start of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix auto race in 2012. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Building on a post here recently about the Air Force’s foiled attempts to cut expenses thanks to congressional opposition, Megan Scully detailed for Roll Call how and why the House recently voted to block retirement of the A-10 “Warthog” aircraft.

The popular plane provides close air support for ground troops.

While there are certainly arguments in favor of the A-10, the “the language the House adopted merely prohibits the Air Force from using any money in the spending measure to retire or divest itself of the A-10s, which were built between 1975 and 1983. That essentially leaves the already cash-strapped military with a bill that could total several hundred million dollars next year alone — and no specific way of paying it.”

With the vote, the House defied more than just the Air Force — it also went against senior lawmakers who usually hold sway. Read the story for a full accounting of what it all means.

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  1. Mike

    June 25, 2014
    9:29 p.m.

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get an worse for the A-10’s “replacement”….as of 6/25/2014 …and this is the plane that is supposed to appear at the UK Air Show is just weeks….you’ve got to be kidding me.

    Back when I worked for Lockheed Martin, we didn’t make crap like this.

    “Both the Air Force and the Marine Corps halted flights of the aircraft after the rear of an F-35A caught fire while preparing to take off around 9:15 a.m. Monday at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, officials said. The F-35A is the Air Force’s version of the plane and designed to take off and land on conventional runways.”

    “Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire, where exactly it originated and how badly it damaged the aircraft, which cost more than $100 million apiece.”

    Wanting to retire one of our CURRENT BEST and reliable weapons, the A-10, at this point in the situation in the Middle East gets worse everyday…is INSANE. The F-35 in it’s current a BAD joke.

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