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  •  My take? (4+ / 0-)
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    vzfk3s, xaxnar, Simplify, Jay C

    No expert, but will offer this. Plan as I understand it was to have retired all the A-10s by 2028. New budget moves it up to 2020. All this predicated on sufficient #s of F-35s in the inventory by then. So the A-10 isn't going away overnight.

    Expect congressmen w/A-10 bases in their districts to resist, but unlike with the ancient C-130, which is still being built in some districts, am betting the AF will win the showdown. Also, many more congressmen stand to win with the F-35.

    I'm willing to bet a similar outcry accompanied the retirement of the Sandys after Vietnam. I have friends who fly the A-10 and I feel for them. But my jet will retire soon too, and I think we'll survive.

    One last point. In the early 1970s many thought the F-15 would turn out to be a failure, and when it was first fielded it had a lot of problems and even on a good day didn't work as advertised. But by the late 70s things started to turn around, and from that point on the Eagle more than lived up to its promise. I expect the F-35 will follow a similar curve.

    •  Amazing when you think about it (1+ / 0-)
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      Even in 2014, roughly 40 years after its inception, the F-15 is still a very capable airplane.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:02:38 PM PST

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