The Air National Guard loves the A-10 Warthog, that’s no secret. After all, the Guard and Reserve fly more than 150 of the 340-plus aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory.
Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced something we all knew was coming: The Air Force wants to retire the entire A-10 fleet of close air support attack jets in 2015.
There has been an outcry in Congress and other areas of the defense community calling for DoD to spare the A-10 from the budget ax, which has fallen on the Pentagon. Supporters say the venerable plane is essential to protecting troops on the battlefield, while the Air Force argues other planes in its inventory can perform the same mission in addition to other types combat.
The Guard reminded us on Wednesday that the A-10 is still flying and it has not entered the aircraft boneyard in Arizona yet.
It started when Air National Guard Twitter account retweeted a photo of five ‘Hogs flying in formation. I retweeted picture and here is the conversation that unfolded between fellow journos Mike Hoffman at Military.com and Gabe Starosta at Inside the Air Force and the Air National Guard account.
Yes, the A-10 is still flying. The question is for how long?
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