19 Explosive Thunderbolt Strikes

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Universally loved by U.S. forces and their allies, the A-10 Thunderbolt always makes an explosive entrance.

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  1. 32799511
    32799511 Sep 10, 2014

    has to be the best close ground support aircraft in history. who are the idiot's in Washington that are going to retire this awesome aircraft?

  2. 27563208
    27563208 Sep 11, 2014

    " low and slow". The three most beautiful words in the world to the troops on the ground. And then to know that that pilot got back safely for his efforts. It is almost orgasmic. Any congressman who would try to get rid of the A-10, should be forced to go through a mission where the A-10 is needed.

  3. Cpl_Agarn
    Cpl_Agarn Sep 11, 2014

    And the Air Force wants to get rid of this plane. Whose bright idea was that?

  4. Muttling
    Muttling Sep 11, 2014

    It's an OMG great plane who's age is turning it into a maintenance nightmare. The Pentagon has always had a notion that one bird which can be ok at every mission is better than a bird which excels in a particular mission. The A-10 will soon go the way of the F-14....Sad!!!!

  5. 32770818
    32770818 Sep 11, 2014

    I'm an A-10 crew chief and "it's age is turning it into a maintainence nightmare" is absolutely FALSE!!! Try maintaining f-35, f-16, or even a b-2...... The A-10 is simple and forgiving.

  6. RETHM
    RETHM Sep 11, 2014

    The folks that sit in air conditioned offices in Washington, D.C. have decided that this plane be scrapped. You cannot fix STUPID!!!

    DEANEGILMOUR Sep 11, 2014

    Probably the best attack and close air support platform ever devised. Air Force jockeys just don't want something that isn't supersonic or high level attack. Life saver and extremely durable too.

    LCDR_KENT Sep 13, 2014

    A squadron of A-10s in IRAQ would be able work over ISIS for a short war.

  9. poznian
    poznian Nov 30, 2014

    I think the Senate will make the USAF keep that beautiful bird flying for a lot longer, there is no successor to A10 and why not? Our front line troops depend on that plane to save them from certain death. Keep the Thunderbolt.

  10. 33701421
    33701421 Feb 20, 2015

    I worked on Nellis AFB NV and we were able to fix or make just about everything the crew chief or the pilots booed booed on the A-10. EMS could and did it all on that great plane.

  11. 5588957
    5588957 Apr 11, 2015

    A working platform, the troops want it. I suggest we provide a reloadable platform that can be performed simultaneously with airborne refueling or via a separate aircraft to reload ordinance such as the 30mm cannon in flight in theater. If we can unload and reload a modular magazine while inflight, keep this powerful field tool covering our troops extend this aircraft another decade. If successful look to similar modules for other aircraft. Safety and efficiency needs being paramount. I think this is what the designers need to be doing NOW! Fred Fredricksen USN Vet

  12. 33658137
    33658137 May 05, 2015


    SFCDAME Aug 04, 2015

    Without a doubt, the best close-air support aircraft in the US inventory. I'm a retired Army grunt and we always loved to see the Warthog (we called them Wonder Warthogs because they have so many capabilities) overhead. If the bad guys were a problem...the Warthog was the end of that problem. The possibility of retiring this amazing aircraft would be a serious loss to the troops on the ground. Don't retire them...build more of them!

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