For reasons I still do not understand, the Air Force has been trying to kill of the A-10 Warthog for, well, it seems like forever. Their latest bullshit excuse was that they needed to phase it out so that the maintenance personnel can be used to work on the F35. If that makes no sense whatsoever to you, good. You are a thinking human being. At any rate, the A-10 has an unlikely hero:
Sen. John McCain says the Air Force won’t be able to retire the A-10 Warthog ground attack jet now that he’s in line to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
McCain said Thursday the A-10 is the best close-air support aircraft ever made and there is “no doubt” Congress will prevent its retirement. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson has 80 of the twin-jet planes and trains A-10 pilots.
McCain says there’s no replacement for the jet’s close-air support mission and pointed to a June friendly fire in Afghanistan where a B-1 bomber mistakenly targeted American troops, killing five.
Even if he is just motivated to save the Arizona jobs, this is decidedly a good thing for soldiers on the ground.