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The Final Hog Has Flown in Europe

May 17th, 2013 - 10:57 am

It’s the end of an era.

Of course, the Air Force has been trying (and failing) to get rid of the A-10 for a couple decades now, and I’m not sure they ever wanted it in the first place. It’s slow, it can’t dogfight, why it’s practically an Army jet — if those mud-on-their-boots types could be trusted with jets.

But nothing tears up tank armor quite like the Warthog, or does it with such clunky-looking panache.

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The way history is playing out, I’d say it’s a bit early to conclude that this is the last A-10 flight in Europe.

God willing, we can certainly hope so.

But still…

48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
I know of an A-10 out-flying a fighter in the woods and hills of Germany. Stayed at low-level.

I once watched an A-10 using its guns to plink an APC like a tin can.

When an A-10 fires its guns, it actually slows dramatically from the recoil. Seems to stand still in the air for a moment, if it's going slowly enough. Really cool to watch.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Whatever the Air Force might have thought of the A-10, its pilots are as proud of their mounts as anybody. I'd like to think if I were a jet pilot I'd be driving a tank-shredding Warthog.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Steve, as a USAF software engineer, I can tell you that the USAF is putting a lot of effort into keeping the A-10 around for quite a while yet to come. They are pulling them out of Spangdahlem because they are no longer needed there. They are needed elsewhere, and are doing a magnificent job.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Good for the Air Force. Smart call. A-10 another B-52?
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Oh a pity, the Warthog will be missed. I have always been impressed how a relatively old technology can still be the best under certain circumstances. Think about the B52, still flying after nearly 60 years! At least the Warthog will live on on youtube.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Being a Navy brat, I got no use for the Air Farce. You got a 50k foot runway? That doesn't move? That must be real tough to land on. *snort* Though the Hog is a great can opener, I'm hopeful that the new gen of drones can do just as good a job. And if a drone explodes doing... so what.

BTW: you see where the X-47 made is first carrier launch off the USS Bush last week?
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
I did and that's exciting stuff. I'll put up the clip later and share a little Navy love.
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