A-10 History and Why it Can't be Replaced

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Pierre Sprey, one of the original designers of the A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka Warthog), provides insight into why the aircraft is so loved by ground troops in the military, and why its planned retirement from Air Force operations is debated.

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  1. 17635561
    17635561 Sep 02, 2014

    We tested with the A-10 Tank killer{as it was called} in 77' Baumholder Germany still in Winter.Was notified we were dead.Asked where the A-10 was and sarge said "Seven miles the other way.Absolutely cant be replaced.Flies at night and can even shoot missles and see through them.Great simple redundant capabilities.The Thunderbolt was its predecessor but it would have done a hcck of a job back in WW2.

  2. 27563208
    27563208 Sep 03, 2014

    It takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'

  3. Defiant128
    Defiant128 Sep 09, 2014

    Survey the boots on the ground, just for the hell of it. Am really curious as to just what the results would be. You cancell it, your transferred to the infantry! The best ground support aircraft ever built and it's gotta go. What's that old term? Oh yes, fragging. I don't condone it but, that's just how serious this situation is. GYHOOYA!

  4. 18919486
    18919486 Sep 10, 2014

    Keep this Aircraft !! Anyone who has a hand in keeping it permanently better et shain'! The other comments on this Aircrat are right on and any "civilian" who differs should be immediaately dropped into the Libyan desert. and left there.

  5. bonniedick
    bonniedick Sep 11, 2014

    Just more of obozo wanting to dismantle our military, and any equipment we rely on and is good...drop obozo over syria, let isis see what they can do with him!

  6. 16040353
    16040353 Sep 12, 2014

    OK - The Air Force doesn't want to keep the A-10. That's fine, let them turn them over to the US Army and the US Marine Corps. The Marines have already demonstrated their commitment to close air support. The Army has also with their attack helicopters. Let the ARMY and MARINES be responsible for providing close air support. This way the US Air Force can keep on devoting it's time and efforts to hot rods like the F-16. I remember when the A-10, F-15, and F-16 came out. A Triad - close air support, air supremacy/interception, and dog fighting, all 3 covered well by their respective aircraft. SO let the Air Force continue down it's path and ultimately it will drift off into irrelevancy.

  7. 7410646
    7410646 Sep 15, 2014

    Would be perfect to take out ISIS, or make the A-10's into drones! Don't get rid of them!

  8. 16484740
    16484740 Sep 23, 2014

    The A-10 Is just perfect for its job. if the Air force does`nt want it give it to the Marines.

  9. 33702416
    33702416 Feb 20, 2015

    Was stationed at Edwards AFB when they tested this little plane, fell in love with after watching it make gun runs on the closed circuit television from the range. Have also seen them fly several times since, once at Fort McCoy when they were making passes on a firing range. Awesome weapons platform and the infantry's best friend. Hope they decide to keep it flying.

  10. 33703176
    33703176 Feb 20, 2015

    The A-10 should be the brother to the B-52 both can be fitted with updates to serve our troops!!

  11. 33363416
    33363416 Feb 22, 2015

    SFC Retired U.S. Army After 24yrs in the service, I can't think of any other aircraft with the many close combat capabilities this aircraft has. It would be a normal government decision to quit this aircraft, but it would also be a huge mistake to stop this aircraft from production and use. This is a soldier's combat weapon, Hoora!

  12. 33703176
    33703176 Jun 19, 2015

    The life saver for boots on the ground!!!

  13. soljerblue
    soljerblue May 31, 2017

    I had two uncles in WWII -- one in the infantry, the other in P-38s with the 29th TAC. Both of them would have loved the A-10; the infantryman who understood the need for close air support, and the TAC airman who provided it. The Warthog -- answer to many, many prayers.

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