Dockside Chat - USAF to get rid of the A-10 Warthog.

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snapperkid
03-28-2012, 06:37 PM
This will be sad. Untold number of ground forces saved by these planes. I think it's a bonehead move.

http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2012/02/01/will-the-a-10-lazarus-cheat-death-once-again/?iid=bl-article-mostpop1


Esuomm1
03-28-2012, 06:42 PM
Too bad. My favorite plane.

I'll take one if they're giving them away.

dbkerley
03-28-2012, 06:57 PM
Always one of my favorites. Definitely a great deck mop.


ZIGZAG
03-28-2012, 07:13 PM
unbelieveable

iFly
03-28-2012, 07:16 PM
When speaking of the A-10, I would always say that "an aircraft that spits out 4,000 round/minute of 30 mm depleted uranium would make even Superman's butt hole pucker." :o

Both sides feared the A-10. Scary beast!

But, warfare changes. Got to stay ahead.

jebsurf
03-28-2012, 07:18 PM
Drone ftw. I mean ...if it cost the taxpayer less I'm all for it.

spraynet 1
03-28-2012, 07:20 PM
Change is not always a "Bad" thing. I too love the Warthog, it's basically a flying tank. However, I have good insider information from a close friend that works for a large defense contractor who has hinted that if I like the old Warthog, I should really like whats in the pipeline. This guy is an aviation engineer and has worked on projects like the x-35 so he is in the "Know". Hopefully he's right, I would hate to see that plane not replaced by another bad ass flying destruction machine!

Bigsampson
03-28-2012, 07:21 PM
This would be the second or third time.
They were on the chpping block when the first gulf war popped up and again between conflicts.
The airframes are getting old and have lots of hours.
Would cost too much to retool and make more.
The AF was never really happy w close air support after Vietnam.
Will push that to armed helo, Marines and Navy.
That and unmanned.
Is a very cool aircraft though.

aiian
03-28-2012, 07:23 PM
What makes anyone think a fleet of drones would be cheaper?

There's nothing like the sound of a Warthog flying in to lay some smack down.

bobb
03-28-2012, 07:26 PM
Airforce wanted to get rid of the A-10 many years ago when they tried to pawn it off to the Army. The Army wanted to fund the Apache program, so they wouldn't take it... The A-10 just operates too close to the ground for the AF, they might get dirty, God forbid..........

ThreeLittleFish
03-28-2012, 08:27 PM
The article doesn't say that at all. It says it's going to do away with about 90 planes in 5 squadrons out of approx 350. The A-10 recently got ugraded to A-10 C's. The planes were completed in 2011.The new wings should extend the service life until 2040.

semperfifishing
03-28-2012, 08:29 PM
The police department should get a few Warthogs...great for taking care of speeders on the freeway...not to mention crowd control

CaptKennyW
03-28-2012, 11:30 PM
The article doesn't say that at all. It says it's going to do away with about 90 planes in 5 squadrons out of approx 350. The A-10 recently got ugraded to A-10 C's. The planes were completed in 2011.The new wings should extend the service life until 2040.

Thats what I thought I read a while back. The Pentagon decided to keep the 'hog because they are the best air to ground and CAS platform out there.

divefreak
03-28-2012, 11:40 PM
Change is not always a "Bad" thing. I too love the Warthog, it's basically a flying tank. However, I have good insider information from a close friend that works for a large defense contractor who has hinted that if I like the old Warthog, I should really like whats in the pipeline. This guy is an aviation engineer and has worked on projects like the x-35 so he is in the "Know". Hopefully he's right, I would hate to see that plane not replaced by another bad ass flying destruction machine!

they will turn her into a battle drone:thumbsup:

Walleye Guy
03-29-2012, 01:06 AM
Say it isn't so.

The beginning of gun control by Oblama. Why can't I blame him? The libs blame us for everyhing else!

I want one of my own surplus A-10's before the revolution starts.

ladyjane
03-29-2012, 04:23 AM
they will not be scaring me in the mountains anymore. They would follow the mountains and huge the earth so you never heard them coming till they were right on top of you! I will miss getting the sh--t scared out of me!

spraynet 1
03-29-2012, 05:22 AM
they will not be scaring me in the mountains anymore. They would follow the mountains and huge the earth so you never heard them coming till they were right on top of you! I will miss getting the sh--t scared out of me!


Don't worry, you won't be missing that feeling! The Warthog isin't going anywhere for a long while. This artical has been blown out of proportion a little here....wow, go figure ;?

The warthog is here to stay for at least another decade or more!:thumbsup:

HOTSPOT
03-29-2012, 05:26 AM
too bad. My favorite plane.

I'll take one if they're giving them away.

i am with you there brother.

Wolakrab
03-29-2012, 05:30 AM
Hog drivers love their planes. For good reason...they can take fire and keep flying, and dish out the ordinance. There are few other aircraft which can carry the payload and breath as much fire as the Warthog.
I doubt very seriously that the A-10 will be retired permanently.

spraynet 1
03-29-2012, 07:05 AM
Hog drivers love their planes. For good reason...they can take fire and keep flying, and dish out the ordinance. There are few other aircraft which can carry the payload and breath as much fire as the Warthog.
I doubt very seriously that the A-10 will be retired permanently.

Don't worry, it's not going anywhere for a while in my opinion. But, as we all know though, opinions are like a-holes, everybody's got one

kurttruk
03-29-2012, 07:15 AM
Airforce wanted to get rid of the A-10 many years ago when they tried to pawn it off to the Army. The Army wanted to fund the Apache program, so they wouldn't take it... The A-10 just operates too close to the ground for the AF, they might get dirty, God forbid..........

It was my understanding that when the airforce wanted to drop it the army said they would pick the program up. the airforce then decided that they did not want the army to pick up the program and kept them. Anyways Close air support is the mission to have anyway. Its where you will see the most action and do the most good. Here is a pick of my old sled.

Thalasso
03-29-2012, 08:04 AM
Nothing compares to the AC-130 gunship in ground support. In Nam when Spooky came we just sat back and watched the ground show.

Dulcecita Lures
03-29-2012, 08:47 AM
My absolute favorite to watch out on the Barry Goldwater range. I've pulled over many times to watch them practice.

snapperkid
03-29-2012, 08:57 AM
I hope they keep it. Military Channel had a story on the Warthog and I remember the pilots saying they fight over who gets to fly them. Usually it's their first choice.

Oh yeah, as far as out with the old and in with the new. I see the B-52's are still bringing the "Thunder".

twotems
03-29-2012, 01:40 PM
I hope they keep it. Military Channel had a story on the Warthog and I remember the pilots saying they fight over who gets to fly them. Usually it's their first choice.

Oh yeah, as far as out with the old and in with the new. I see the B-52's are still bringing the "Thunder".

The best military attack aircraft ever built in my opinion. :thumbsup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-eMgwlTp7Q&feature=related

semperfifishing
03-29-2012, 01:47 PM
Nothing compares to the AC-130 gunship in ground support. In Nam when Spooky came we just sat back and watched the ground show.

We did the same but I preferred the show Ann Margret put on when she was there.



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