So I just read this article and it got me to thinking about this true flying tank. The A-10 known as the warthog or the Thunderbolt (us ground guys call it the flying tank)developed by by Fairchild Republic back in the 1970s as a response to the extreme need for Close air support (CAS) by the US Government. The first flight was in 1972 and it enter service in 1976. The A-10 was built primarily around the massive GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Cannon for a great purpose of shredding tanks or ground crews. With an array of weapons for the external pylons the A-10 can be suited for leveling a city block or destroying a battalion of tanks. The A-10 is built for punishment while it’s not invincible it sure can take a beating. With layers of titanium surrounding the pilot and the ability to literally fly back with a hunk of wing missing while on one engine. ( True stories from the gulf war). This aircraft was built to loiter around seek and destroy the enemy while bringing the pilot and his or her bird back home for another day.
Read the article and give me your opinions on whether you believe it’s time to retire this bird or not.
I personally as a former soldier and have had to personally rely on this aircraft to save our bacon I don’t believe it’s time yet she’s still has plenty of life in her and she needs a true replacement to be able to retire. People say the F-35 will replace it’s role it’s hard to believe that since the A-10 has been the only plane since the full creation of the USAF with a CAS role in mind.
Please keep it friendly we don’t need any arguments.