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The final decision regarding the A-10 remains to be seen. Apparently Congress isn't fully onboard with the AF's plans and have specifically written legislation forbidding the Air Farce from retiring the A-10

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The Air Force attempted to retire the A-10 prior to Desert Storm. As I recall, the Army said they would take them and fly them, prompting the Air Force to change their tune.. The Air Force always seems to be about the fastest and the sexiest, something the A-10 is decidedly not.

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The AF has repeatedly fought viciously within itself over the support role for ground troops in contact (Combat Air Support)- since it's inception. There is a long, rich history of these internal politics, careers ended, etc. I have never understood the debate since I was taught it was a key role for air power, and we trained for it rountinely, even modifying it for "urban CAS" when house-house combat came to fore.

 

Th AF are once again in a "non-support role era", apparently. Unbelievable (and also the reason the army has more aircraft than the AF and Navy, combined.....). :ph34r::ph34r:

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The ugliest aircraft, bar none, to the Air Force. The Purdiest aircraft to the Ground Infantry. If I were the enemy, the last thing I'd want to see would be an A-10........probably would be.

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Back to the first post (and both humor and serious).

 

I think many of us have heard the old saw about airbase construction for the Navy and Air Force:

 

The Air Force takes the appropriated funds and proceeds to build the Officers, NCOs and Enlisted Clubs, then the Golf Course(s), then the top end BOQ/VOQ. Having exhausted the appropriated funds, they lobby for funds for the runways and hangars.

 

The Navy builds the hangars and runways, barracks and mess hall. Occasionally requests additional money for the clubs, gym and maybe a Golf Course.

 

True story: I worked a joint weapons program (all 3 services) run out of Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton in the late 80s-early 90s. Disovered that Wright-Patterson AFB had THREE golf courses!!!!!!

 

Harvey

BTW, a crew chief for the then (~1978/9) new A-10 at Indian Springs joked with me that they were the only jet that had bird strikes on the trailing edges of the wings! We had a great laugh!

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Dont blame me! I joined the Air Force cause the recruter told me I could fly a jet!!!!! Need I saY that didnt happen? I carried an M1 on the flight line for almost 2 yrs before I got put on town patrol. Now THAT was fun. Course Im talking about the old AF when we were called Air Police not Security Police....

Tascosa

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