Saturday, March 31, 2018

The A-10 Is Going To Be Around For At Least The Next Decade

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot flies over Afghanistan after completing aerial refueling operations with a KC-135 Stratotanker on March 12, 2018. DVIDS

DoD Buzz/ New Wings for A-10 May Keep it Flying Past 2030: Air Force Secretary

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Friday that new wings for the workhorse A-10 Thunderbolt will keep the close-air support aircraft in the inventory for another dozen years or more.

Last week, Wilson told the House Armed Services Committee that funding for the re-winging of the A-10s in the fiscal year 2018 budget would keep the "Warthogs" flying at least to 2030.

At an Air Force Association breakfast Friday, Wilson extended the potential retirement date for the A-10, whose first production model was delivered in 1975. She said the A-10s would remain in the fleet to 2030 "and possibly beyond."

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Update: The A-10 Warthog Just Got The Money It Needs To Stay Alive -- Tast & Purpose/Business Insider

WNU Editor: No mention on how many A-10s will be flying, but this is a positive sign. And speaking of the A-10 .... The Air Force just released a bunch of crazy photos of A-10 Warthogs over Afghanistan (Business Insider).

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