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A-10 Thunderbolt debate continues amid potential budget cuts
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:17:09 PM »

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Re: A-10 Thunderbolt debate continues amid potential budget cuts
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 09:35:45 PM »
During the first Gulf War, a Warthog took a SAM hit that blew the entire leading edge of one wing off clear back to the main box strut almost 1/3 of the way back from the leading edge.  The pilot was able to recover the aircraft in Saudi Arabia after flying quite some distance back from Iraq.

Why retire it?  Why not just update the design and reopen the assembly line?  These planes were built to take incredible punishment and keep the pilot alive and there simply isn't anything like it in the inventory.

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Re: A-10 Thunderbolt debate continues amid potential budget cuts
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 09:39:30 PM »
During the first Gulf War, a Warthog took a SAM hit that blew the entire leading edge of one wing off clear back to the main box strut almost 1/3 of the way back from the leading edge.  The pilot was able to recover the aircraft in Saudi Arabia after flying quite some distance back from Iraq.

Why retire it?  Why not just update the design and reopen the assembly line?  These planes were built to take incredible punishment and keep the pilot alive and there simply isn't anything like it in the inventory.

It all boils down to politics in Congress and in DoD. I remember that incident
« Last Edit: November 23, 2013, 09:40:02 PM by SPQR »


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