Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The A10 Thunderbolt - A Love Story

This is an Air Force A10 Thunderbolt affectionately referred to as the "Warthog".

This is a Taliban motorcycle.

This is an A10 on a Taliban motorcycle group

The A10 will always have a warm spot in my heart. They were originally built and manufactured during the 80's to counter the expected massive Soviet armor onslaught, should the Cold War ever become a shooting war. Once the Cold War was declared over the Air Force toyed with the idea of doing away with them, at which time the Army said not so fast and begin to lobby to have the planes added to their inventory. Well the thought of having Army personnel flying fixed wing aircraft was so abhorrent to the Air Force that they decided to keep them. A decision that many a grunt has applauded and continues to praise to this day.

Somehow that sort of argument was lost in the debate when the decision was made to scrap the F22. It is better to have something in the arsenal and not use it then to have to 10 years down the road point fingers and play the woulda, coulda, shoulda game.

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