The USAF’s A-10 fleet has often had a contentious relationship with the service’s senior leadership – but the ‘Warthog’ has had a great deal of support from elected officials that control the defence budget. Tom Kaminski reviews the debate so far.


Two A-10s of the 190th FS from the Idaho ANG. Jim Haseltine

For the past three years the US

Air Force has been attempting to retire the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft – but it’s been rebuked each time by lawmakers.

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