I have on numerous occasions tried to let my readers know that I am a staunch supporter of the A-10 in close combat support for our troops…the Air Force is trying to replace the “hog” with a flying brick, the F-35.
I bring this up because the Air Force promised to have a contest between the two planes to determine their exact capabilities…..the problem is that they, Air Force, are trying to keep the results a secret……
The U.S. Air Force has, without any apparent public announcement, begun a much-awaited comparative evaluation of the close air support capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter versus the venerable A-10 Warthog. The event was already controversial before it even began and there is now evidence to suggest the service maybe be manipulating the test parameters to favor the stealthy fifth-generation fighter jet.
The Straus Military Reform Project at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) was the first to reveal the tests have already started, according to a copy of the schedule that it got a chance to review. The evaluation began on July 5, 2018, and will last just one week, ending on July 12, 2018. Only four of those days involve actual flying. The Air Force had previously said the event would occur sometime in 2018, but did not offer a fixed timeline.
The only reason I can think of to hide the results is that the F-35 is a piece of crap after spending billions on it….it does not do the job as intended.
The F-35 was always too damn expensive for what we were getting in return……but that could be why the F-35, Flying Brick is “Too Expensive To Fail”…….
The United States Air Force is reportedly considering cancelling orders for as many as 590 F-35 fighter jets because the aircraft is proving too expensive to operate and maintain. Nevertheless, with so much money already invested, production ploughs ahead. Julian Turner reports on the controversy and whether ongoing cost issues will affect purchase commitments.
In March, it was revealed that the United States Air Force (USAF) may cancel orders for as many as 590 Lockheed Martin F-35A jets – a third of its planned fleet of 1,763 – due to long-term cost issues. The news that one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter jets may be too expensive to operate and maintain in its current form comes at a critical juncture in its evolution. In April, F-35 flight test programme concluded System Development and Demonstration testing, a major milestone.
Keep in mind that this plane was one of the programs that the Pentagon was forced to accept even though they stated that it was not needed.
I stand by my assertion that the A-10 is by far the best plane for the close combat ops with our troops.