A pair of U.S. A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft fly alongside a Slovak MiG-29 aircraft during a memorial service for Slovakian war hero Captain Baranski on July 15, 2016, at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, during Operation Atlantic Resolve to demonstrate NATO's commitment to European security. (Photo by William Hopper/U.S. Air National Guard.)
U.S. Air Force leaders have recently signaled an interest in developing a new aircraft dedicated to the mission of close air support as a replacement to the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II, commonly known as the Warthog.
Before he retired this summer, the service’s then-chief of staff, Gen. Mark Welsh — a former A-10 and F-16 pilot, acknowledged the lack of funding and personnel for such a program but nevertheless touted the idea with defense reporters in Washington, D.C.
“I’d love to build a new CAS airplane right now while we still have the A-10,” he said.
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