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    They retired it once before, tried to replace it with the F-16.. Retirement didn't last long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQr4Zbr-e1k McCain gets in a fight with a general over the A10
    The A-10 was DESIGNED ground up to be the ultimate CLOSE AIR SUPPORT. It is PROVEN. The Army and Marines would be HAPPY to have a bunch of them. the GAU 8 gun EATS tanks and Anything. the Maverick missiles are SUPERIOR to Hellfires.

    Warthogs can get close to the mud ,where the soldiers are. They stay till they fck over the bad guys. Warthogs are DESIGNED and built to be TOUGH, to take hits and still do the job and return. We have NO other Fighter made to survive taking a lot of hits.

    SHOW ME. Show me an A 10 B, a modernized Warthog. While there's "upgrades" that can be done....some of the beauty of a Warthog.. is it ain't full of costly/vulnerable "fancy stuff". It's been a LONG time since we had a challenge to our air to air fighters. So.. the F-22 is replacing the F-15 (still damn effective) and .....it's a legit plane.

    FACT......we OFTEN have fought LOW TECH enemies.
    We get in a WAR where CLOSE AIR is what MATTERS... not a super fast Air- Air jet or a big bomber.
    GIMME a REAL Super Warthog. Better Night ability, some 7.62 mm machine guns to shoot up INFANTRY. likely we now have a bit higher tech for the armor. Keep it "low _ slow" and a MEAN UGLY bird.DO NOT get stupid. F-35 can SHINE in the Wild Weasel Anti Radar role. I am FINE on that. NOTHING except warthogs are built as a flying TANK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    The A-10 was DESIGNED ground up to be the ultimate CLOSE AIR SUPPORT. It is PROVEN. The Army and Marines would be HAPPY to have a bunch of them. the GAU 8 gun EATS tanks and Anything. the Maverick missiles are SUPERIOR to Hellfires.

    Warthogs can get close to the mud ,where the soldiers are. They stay till they fck over the bad guys. Warthogs are DESIGNED and built to be TOUGH, to take hits and still do the job and return. We have NO other Fighter made to survive taking a lot of hits.

    SHOW ME. Show me an A 10 B, a modernized Warthog. While there's "upgrades" that can be done....some of the beauty of a Warthog.. is it ain't full of costly/vulnerable "fancy stuff". It's been a LONG time since we had a challenge to our air to air fighters. So.. the F-22 is replacing the F-15 (still damn effective) and .....it's a legit plane.

    FACT......we OFTEN have fought LOW TECH enemies.
    We get in a WAR where CLOSE AIR is what MATTERS... not a super fast Air- Air jet or a big bomber.
    GIMME a REAL Super Warthog. Better Night ability, some 7.62 mm machine guns to shoot up INFANTRY. likely we now have a bit higher tech for the armor. Keep it "low _ slow" and a MEAN UGLY bird.DO NOT get stupid. F-35 can SHINE in the Wild Weasel Anti Radar role. I am FINE on that. NOTHING except warthogs are built as a flying TANK.
    Have the right tool for the job. A do it all wonder weapon doesn't really exist. How much longer can the A10 be maintained and serviced? Most of our wars are against lower tech enemies. The Gau 8 is really to heavy for Taliban type enemies. AC 130 gunships ...now that's a killer. Though best used at night.

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