The flyboys are at it again. Belt tightening time has come around, and while the ARMY is reducing their fighting force to save money, the flyboys are using this opportunity to get rid of stuff they feel is not cool enough for them. This is the umpteenth time that the fighter jocks are trying to kill the incredibly effective, but not so cool A-10, and again, they pretend it is to save money:
The U.S. Air Force will retire the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog and the Lockheed Martin U-2 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, but the service also hopes to invest in new technologies in the fiscal year 2015 budget proposal.
The Pentagon had to make tough choices with an “emphasis on capability over capacity,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon on Feb. 24. “We protected [the Air Force’s] key modernization programs, including the bomber, the Joint Strike Fighter and the new refueling tanker.”
This shit seems to be a persistent problem with these idiots. The A-10 is not cool. It is an ugly fucking aircraft. It’s not super-fast, it is not stealthy, and it is over 40 years old, so the flyboys hate the thing. But it works. The thing can take hits and keep working. It has been upgraded to do the work other far more expensive aircraft can’t do half as well, and it is a cheap plane compared to the new shit the flyboys want. And yet, ever since the first Iraqi war ended, they have been trying to get rid of the platform. Totally stupid, but par for the course with these people. It’s as if they are their own worse enemies.