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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…

1 year ago
1 year 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.
1 year ago
1 year 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.
1 year ago
1 year 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.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Good for the Air Force. Smart call. A-10 another B-52?
1 year ago
1 year 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.
1 year ago
1 year 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?
1 year ago
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I did and that's exciting stuff. I'll put up the clip later and share a little Navy love.
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