Closing Thought–30Jan18

I am out of the OR and seem to be recovering just fine…….

For years since the advent of the flying brick, F-35 which was scheduled to replace the A-10 as a close combat aircraft, I have been writing trying to help save the A-10 and looks like all our efforts have paid off.

The ‘Hogs will be getting a re-wing to keep them flying for another 15 to 20 years……

The Air Force is moving ahead with plans to re-wing several squadrons of A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft in fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and intends to maintain the platforms through the 2030s, the commander of Air Combat Command said Jan. 25.

Funds are available in the current budget to allow the service to reopen a wing contract, Gen. James “Mike” Holmes said during remarks at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The previous contract ended due to cost issues, among other reasons, he noted.

“It was a contract that was no longer really cost-effective for Boeing to produce wings,” he said. “Now we’re working through the process of getting another contract.”

http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2018/1/25/air-force-to-buy-more-wings-for-a10s-in-2019-seeks-capabilities-for-multi-domain-battle

Small steps to keep the A-10 flying in close support of our overworked troops.

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3 thoughts on “Closing Thought–30Jan18

  1. Good, on both accounts.

    The Super Tucano, made by Embraer in Brazil, is selling like hot cakes around the world (even to the US, you guys have ordered 30, I think the number is) simply because it fills the role of the A-10: able to loiter on station and carry a crap-load of pain.

  2. The A10 has a great record of close support for ground troops. No need to fix it, if it ain’t broke!
    Glad to hear all is going well in hospital. I don’t know how you (or anyone) manage to blog on a smartphone!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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