A-10 Warthog is NOT Retiring!

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The combat infantryman’s best friend, the A-10 Warthog, will not be leaving active duty after all.

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The Air Force has been trying to get rid of the Warthog since the day it came on line.  It’s ugly.  It’s slow.  It’s not sexy.  It’s not an “air superiority” fighter.  Pilots actually have to fly it.  The Air Force brass hates it.  They’ve scheduled it for destruction half dozen times.

The Warthog may be all those things the Air Force hates but if you’re a infantryman you love the Warthog with all your heart and soul.  It’s a close air support weapon and the most effective tank killer known to man.  In addition to a missile arsenal it sports a 30mm Gatling gun that spits out 3,900 rounds of depleted uranium artillery ever minute.  It can kill anything it sees.

Capt. Richard Olson, 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 pilot, gets off an A-10 Warthog after his flight at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2011. The A-10's wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines.

Capt. Richard Olson, 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 pilot, gets off an A-10 Warthog after his flight at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2011. The A-10’s wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines.

Pilots love it too because it’s darn near indestructible.

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Both of these planes were back in service killing the enemy in no time.

Here’s some combat footage of what an A-10 Warthog can do and why combat infantrymen love the ugly old sucker.

“Do you see that blinking light in the sky?  That is the hand of God.”

And that’s why the Air Force brass can go fly a kite.  If they don’t want the Warthog give it to the Army and the Marine Corps.  They know what it can do and it’s love at first sight.  And, brrrrrrrrrrp, first sound.

 

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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