The U.S. Air Force’s Incoherent Plan to Replace the A-10 Warthog

When the Air Force separated from the Army to become an independent military service after World War Two, it was understood that airmen would continue to provide vital combat support to soldiers on the ground. Army aviation ended up consisting mainly of helicopters, but there are plenty of combat situations where only a well-armed jet can give soldiers the life-saving fire support they need.

The most dangerous mission the Air Force flies in delivering firepower to soldiers on the ground is called “close air support.”

  • simus1

    One of the most obnoxious military policy decisions ever made was deeming that the RAF would run the total aircraft function on Royal Navy aircraft carriers – which was abolished pre WW2, thank god. It had left British naval aviation in such a state that the only source of decent planes for the RN were the emergency buys of carrier aircraft from the US.

    The A-10 and F16 did not come out of a supportive USAF bureaucracy, very much the opposite.

    • xavier

      Si music. Yup the biggest mistake the politicians made was to allow close air support to stay with the airforce because the planes were fixed wing.

      The politicians can now tell the airforce transfer the cas to the army or no more funding for the F 35 plane

      • Mannie

        The Army doesn’t want them. They consider them an unnecessary expense and money sink.

  • Maggat

    I sold my little airplane 40 years ago, but if I was to buy again I’d love to get an A10 Tank Buster. Nobody would argue with me, for sure.

    • Clausewitz

      Asked a Marine once what he thought about the Warthog. His biggest quote was that if you can hear an A 10, you’re already dead.

  • Clausewitz

    Every Marine and former Marine I know loves the Warthog and view this decision as an affront to front line military personnel.