All Things Aviation
Scale: 1/40 scale model Wing Span: 17.25 inches Length: 16 inches
Able to fly for long periods and pick out small ground targets with precision, the A-10s are simply too effective and too tough to leave out of the battle against ISIS. "I have A-10s and I will use them, because they're fantastic airplanes," he said. "Their guys are incredibly well-trained and they do fantastic work in support of the joint warfight."
The uncertain fate of the A-10 Warthog And with that, the venerable attack aircraft was back in the battle—again—its retirement pushed back because the Pentagon needs a rugged machine gun of a plane that isn't afraid to get too close to the action. It seems the A-10 program is harder to shoot down than an A-10 itself. There's a lot of love out there for this tough old bird.
When Popular Mechanics posted on its new mission, we got comments like this: As a former Army ground pounder, I can tell you there are few better sights than some A10's streaking over, hitting some ground targets with that big gun, then banking hard.... little dots leaving them and heading down... the aircraft still leaving hard and roaring... and then the ground just exploding from all the cluster bombs. Wow! Right up there with the drama of overhead heavy artillery going over, then down in front of you. The shock waves go right through you. It wasn't always this way. When the last of more than 700 A-10s was built in 1984, the aircrews and maintainers who worked on this lumbering plane thought it was so ugly they called it the "Warthog." Today, after decades of wear and tear and blood and toil, that nickname carries with it a nickname of affection and respect, even if there are still Warthog haters who can't wait for it to retire.