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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 8:12 p.m. PST

… Support Missions In Afghanistan.

"U.S. troops in Afghanistan came to depend heavily on Hogs.

The A-10 Warthog, a muscular and armored ground attack plane, is an odd vehicle because it was originally designed to attack Soviet tanks in Europe in the event of a third world war.

Thankfully, that conflict never occurred. Instead, the Warthog flew in the Persian Gulf War, the Balkans and has spent years taking on lightly-armed insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq  where it performs excellently at the job.

Particularly in Afghanistan, given the length of the war and the A-10's predominant role, it might not be a stretch to say the Warthog is bound to it in the way the Il-2 Sturmovik and Ju-87 Stuka were to World War II…"
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Legion 408 Feb 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

From my training & experience it is very good at it's primary mission – CAS …

dsfrank08 Feb 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

I'm surprised the A-10 isn't tasked with a much larger percentage of CAS missions than 50%.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2017 10:20 a.m. PST

We are going to see them flying till 2021…


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Personal logo TheWarStoreMan Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member09 Feb 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

Proudly made here on Long Island, back before taxes and regulations drove off the aerospace industry.
Lots of friends and relatives worked on this aircraft or on F-14s at Grumman. Just like my grandmother who was a 'Rosie the Riveter' making Wildcats and Hellcats in WWII.
Always fond of the power of this plane, and how perfectly suited it is to its role.

Legion 410 Feb 2017 8:03 a.m. PST

Yeah, my Mom was a "Rosie the Riveter" also during WWII. Made parts for P-39s.

I too liked working with the A-10 as a Grunt. With that GAU-8 and missiles on her wing racks, etc., … what's not to like ! thumbs up

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