The A-10 Warthog is the aerial savior for ground troops everywhere, and despite its advancing age and having been in near-constant combat for 15 years now, the recently released U.S. Air Force fiscal year 2018 defense budget once again indicates it will stay flying for some time. But what a lot of people don’t know is that this revered aircraft’s first mission to attack the Taliban over Afghanistan was nearly a disaster. The A-10 force has seen significant downsizing since the first Warthogs went into combat a few months after 9/11, but the force has matured and been significantly upgraded during that time, making the A-10 one of the most connected and capable aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory. It’s not fast and it’s not pretty, but the A-10 can loiter over the battlefield longer than other attack aircraft once it gets there. And with 11 weapons hardpoints to carry JDAMs, Maverick missiles, laser guided rockets and an advanced targeting system, it packs quite a punch. And then there’s the gun. The 30mm GAU-8 that is the entire reason for the jet’s existence and its primary mission of close air support. Today the Warthog fleet numbers 283 airframes spread across… Read full this story
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