A-10 To Be Kept "Indefinitely"

A-10 on a gun run
After years of trying to get rid of it, it looks like the Air Force finally has to face the truth - the A-10 is just too good at its job to get rid of!

This news comes from AviationWeek.com, who reported that A-10 depots are ramping up to reopen at full operating capacity. In the words of Air Force Materiel Command chief Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, "“We’ve turned on the depot line, we’re building it back up in capacity and supply chain...[we are] approaching this as another airplane that we are sustaining indefinitely.”

This acknowledgment by the Air Force is a big one. The USAF has been gunning (no pun intended) for the Thunderbolt for a long time and has even taken some criticism from the public and Congress for it. Most recently, the Government Accountability Office found that the Air Force didn't properly report about the potential cost savings and tactical implications of retiring the A-10.

It's unclear at the moment what will happen with the A-10's funding in the FY 2018 budget, but it seems like the Air Force has gotten over their desire to see the Warthog sidelined.