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Old 01-22-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Default Why USAF hates A-10 and why it canít be replaced

A-10 was, along with F-16, one of two tactical aircraft created by Fighter Mafia for USAF. Notably, while USAF managed to screw up F-16 by adding bombing and BVR capabilities, A-10 is still relatively unchanged, with exception of new electronics. It is safe, efficient, durable, reliable and cheap, managing to operate in wider range of meteorological conditions than any other aircraft. Its design allows it to evade most of ground fire, and to soak up the rest and still bring the pilot home safely. It can fly at speeds comparable to WW2 turboprops, allowing it to carry out Close Air Support. While it has performed admirably, USAF wants do retire it, with explanation that it is old, vulnerable, and that precision weapons render its capabilities Ė including its massive 30 mm Gattling gun Ė unnecessary.

But the real reason for that move is because the A-10 goes against everything USAF believes in. A-10 is the ultimate proof that highly capable and effective weapons do not need to be complex or costly, and that going up close and personal with target is oftentimes the only way to get things done. In fact, USAF only rushed it in production so that the Army does not take over entire CAS mission.

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Old 01-22-2016, 11:37 AM   #2
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Stupid to get rid of it, just the current administration. Great aircraft.
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:44 PM   #3
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isn't the new Commander of the air force a non pilot?
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:16 PM   #4
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isn't the new Commander of the air force a non pilot?
Seriously???
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Old 01-22-2016, 07:29 PM   #5
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Still comes down to money though doesn't it? Sooner or later the hog will need replacing and the govt has put all its eggs in the F-35, can't afford anything extras. Yes they've gone all high-tech, and I know it's kind of circular, but if that tech were cheaper they could have invested in a dedicated CAS replacement.
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:28 PM   #6
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I can think of Apaches and Drones replaced the A-10 as a close infantry support. Things change but that doesn't mean they can't be reversed in a short time if necessary.
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Very proud to have an Air National Guard Wing of A-10s based right in Baltimore County.

I lived a few miles further down the road when I was a kid and used to see them all the time doing their maneuvers out over the water. They really are impressive to see in person. They did some fly-bys down at M&T Bank (Ravens) Stadium in formation then broke right as they passed over. Pretty spiffy. There's a parking/observation area just off the main road at the end they take off from. You're probably about 80-100yds away. It must be a real thrill flying those things. I seem to remember a PS2 game called Air War I think, where you could fly the A-10 and pacify a coastline so your dudes could land on the beach.

I seem to remember seeing something about how the main gun is so powerful that they actually can't fire it for longer than a second or so because the recoil slows the plane so much it'll lose it's lift and drop like a rock. You can see it slow up in some of the vids where it's squirtin' out 30mm death. What is it, like 6000 rounds per minute? Of rounds that are over an inch in diameter?

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Old 01-23-2016, 12:27 AM   #8
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One of my favourite American planes.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:29 AM   #9
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One of my favourite American planes.
I never really understood why people said they were ugly, hence the 'warthog' nickname, I think they're cool as shit looking. Always have.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:31 AM   #10
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Is it the F-35 that's supposed to replace it for CAS?

I'd like to see video of that one closing in for ground attack like the A-10 does.

Does it have a nose cannon like the A-10?
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