Monday, February 22, 2016
A-10 gets a stay of execution
Even though I spent my national guard career loading weapons on F-15's, my favorite Air Force fighting machine is the A-10 Warthog. It got a stay of execution today as the Pentagon can't find a better platform for killing terrorists in the desert, and the ISIS rabble make nice targets of that particular description.
It was supposed to be retired this year or next and replaced by the new F-35, but the existing A-10's cost about $11 million per copy while the F-35 is like $98 million each and maintenance costs for the F-35 are ridiculous.
The retirement date for the A-10 is now 2022. Surely we can kill most of the terrorists in the desert by then.