Thirsty Hog

An A-10 Thunderbolt II pulls up behind a KC-10 Extender to be refueled in Southwest Asia on Sept. 18, 2012. The KC-10 is an advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott MacKay)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II pulls up behind a KC-10 Extender to be refueled in Southwest Asia on Sept. 18, 2012. The KC-10 is an advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott MacKay)

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  • 11 Bravo says:

    It’s a cool picture, but given it was taken just last month, it is a little depressing. It’s a reminder that the mileage is adding up on our A-10s and other precious assets.

  • GeekLethal says:

    Last I heard USAF was gonna get rid of A10s. I just don’t get it.

    Oh that’s right the F/A/C/K Raptor will do the job.

  • Toejam says:

    Geek,

    Anyone who has a degree in mangement economics will tell you that 70% of the cost of running a business is staff salaries and benefits.

    Ergo, the Air Force replaces the high paid pilots with housewives who have gone through a cource in “MicroSoft flight simulator” operations and get paid “piece work” (so much $ for every terrorist vaporized by a hellfire fired from a Raptor platform).

    That’s Joe Biden’s plan to lower the National debt.

  • Captain Ned says:

    The A-10 should live the service life of the BUFF. For less aggressive conflicts the Piper PA-48 Enforcer design is still out there.

    Hmm, a Mustang with a turboprop and no messy cooling systems to get shot up …

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