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The US Air Force has embraced reality — the A-10 is here to stay ‘indefinitely’

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After years of threatening to cut funding to the A-10 program and funnel the money to the newer F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force seems to have finally faced facts — the A-10 is just too effective to get rid of.

Air Force Materiel Command chief Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski recently told AviationWeek that the depot line that maintains and repairs the Air Force’s 283 A-10s has been reopened to full capacity.

“They have re-geared up, we’ve turned on the depot line, we’re building it back up in capacity and supply chain,” said Pawlikowski. “Our command, anyway, is approaching this as another airplane that we are sustaining indefinitely.” – READ MORE

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  • Frank Santa-Teresa

    I remember when the rationale for wanting to retire the A-10 was that it was simply an old airplane; the funny thing was that there are other airplanes in the AF’s inventory which are a lot older than the Hog but were kept because they still can effectively do the job that they were built for….. the B-52. the KC-135, the U-2, and the C-130 just to name a few….