Thursday, June 8, 2017

The U.S. Air Force Is Still Trying To Cut The A-10 Fleet

Col. Mark Anderson (Tail No. 188), 188th Fighter Wing commander; Maj. Doug Davis (Tail No. 639), 188th Detachment 1 commander; Col. Brian Burger (Tail No. 613), 188th Operations Group commander; and Capt. Wade Hendrickson (Tail No. 638) conduct a training mission Dec. 30, 2013, over Razorback Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

Washington Examiner: McSally: Air Force planning to cut three A-10 squadrons

Rep. Martha McSally said Wednesday newly announced Air Force plans show it will cut three A-10 Thunderbolt II squadrons.

The Air Force told a House committee it is committed to keeping six squadrons of the so-called Warthog, a favorite of infantry troops known for its massive nose cannon. But McSally, a former A-10 pilot, said the current fleet includes nine squadrons and the service appears to be angling toward a reduction of the aircraft.

"It's the first time you've publicly said that you are going to go down to six squadrons," McSally, R-Ariz., told Air Force officials during a House Armed Services hearing. "I'd really like to know what those planning assumptions are of the six squadrons."

The reductions could begin within the next few years, McSally said.

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WNU Editor: The Pentagon has a problem .... there is no political support for these cutbacks.

1 comment:

Stephen Davenport said...

The Pentagon wants its new fangled, shiny toys not an old hand toy that works like the A-10.