Thursday, January 14, 2016

Somebody Gets It Right! Air Force Delays Plans To Retire A-10 Warthog, Thanks To ISIS


Nice excuse to post my favorite A-10 war p@rn clip.

The Air Force is shelving its immediate plans to retire the A-10 Warthog attack plane, which has become critical to the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials tell Defense One.
Air Force officials say they still need to retire the A-10 to make room for newer warplanes, but that the calculus for its sunsetting has been thrown off by commanders’ demands for the Warthog now.
Putting the A-10’s retirement plans on hold is a key policy shift that will be laid out next month when the Pentagon submits its 2017 budget request to Congress, said Pentagon officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the Obama Administration’s spending plan before its official release.
An Air Force spokeswoman declined further comment because the Pentagon’s budget request has not been finalized and publicly released.
Top Air Force officials had already hinted that the A-10 retirement plans might be put on hold due to the planes’ demand in combat.
Thank You USAF, Defense One, and Zip. 

This is the A-10

So the Obama regime trying to cut the Warthog which has been successful against ISIS, and this guy just happened to say what he said to stop the officers from talking to Congress? No problem there…
Air Force Maj. Gen. James Post III has just been removed from his position for telling troops that testifying to Congress regarding the positive capabilities of the A-10 aircraft would be tantamount to treason.
Post, a two-star vice commander at Air Combat Command, informed over 300 airmen in Nevada back in January that they shouldn’t be speaking to Congress about the aircraft. After major public outcry, the Air Force announced that it was beginning an investigation into exactly what occurred at the event.
This investigation was undertaken by the Air Force inspector general and was strongly supported by Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who urged the process on when it appeared to be stalling.
Thank You DC and Nick. 

The A-10 is battle proven. Troops in tough spots love it. When they call for close air to ground support, having A-10s are what they want. 

Want a closer look at that gatling gun in the nose?

It destroys tanks, bulldozers, locomotives, bunkers etc.

Here's the wiki on the aircraft itself.

If you're stupid enough to pick a fight with one of these, especially in light of how difficult they are to shoot down, you can pretty much kiss your ass goodbye.

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