The Pentagon in its normal stupidity has decided that a jet fighter, the F-35, would be a better fit for our troops in close combat situations….to that I say BULLSH*T! There is NOT a better plane for close combat support than the A-10.
The F-35 is NO better than the F-105 from the the Vietnam era….it was nicknamed the “THUD” for that was the sound it made when it hit the ground……
The A-10 the best friend a grunt can have in the air…..and here is why……
The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan-powered aircraft designed specifically for close air support and ground attack missions against armored vehicles.
The aircraft’s sub-sonic speed and large straight-wing design allows for extreme maneuverability at low altitudes and extended time on target or to loiter above the battlefield.
The airframe was designed from the very start as a short takeoff and landing aerial platform for the 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon, which can fire 3,900 depleted uranium shells per minute. When combined with the ability to carry the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile and laser-guided bombs, the A-10 can destroy enemy armor at close range or from a standoff position.
If they can keep a dinosaur like the B-52 flying then the A-10 deserves its chance also.
I have been writing about the A-10 and its virtues since the Air Force talking about retiring it in favor of a flying brick, the F-35……and I shall continue to do so…..
Our troops deserve the best in close air support and it gets NO better than the A-10. PERIOD!
Again I apologize for the extra reading but I have so many drafts that need to see the light of day….I appreciate your patience…..
That is it for me for today…..I am off to start my weekend….I hope everyone has a good evening and a good weekend….be well….be safe…..chuq