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Offline BanzaiCat

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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2013, 11:15:10 AM »
Ah. The high school, clique mentality is still alive and well in the Armed Forces.

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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2013, 11:20:31 AM »
They're worried about going back to being the United States Army Air Forces.
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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2013, 11:23:49 AM »
Really? I never knew that. 'Course it's been a long while. My grandfather was in the Army Air Corps and went over to the Air Force when things changed in the late 40s. I had my eye on joining the Air Force in 1990 or so, but changed my mind.

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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2013, 11:33:47 AM »
I was being tongue-in-cheek, but it does seem like the Air Force never really got over the fight to become an independent branch.
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2013, 11:39:15 AM »
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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2013, 11:48:19 AM »
It's not that the USAF really *wants* it, they just don't want the Army to have it.

And that's why we have the finest military in the world!

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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2013, 01:34:22 PM »
I really hope the army buys these this time.

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« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2013, 02:16:07 PM »
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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2013, 04:20:11 PM »
Is it true that the A-10 is "shunned by many aviators?" I'm sure it handles like a pig and it's slow, but hell, to have that kind of CAS power between your legs...must be how Mirth feels on date night.

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be able to talk to an A10 pilot, and look over his aircraft, on the static flight line at RAF Luchars (it was an international air display). He said they are a fantastic to fly. I've got some photo's somewhere.
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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2013, 05:14:13 PM »
pffft

the original 'end of the A-10' article was published back in the early 80's.  ;)
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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #25 on: December 15, 2013, 05:24:48 PM »
That Scorpion is a cute little aircraft. It just looks a little fragile for it's intended role. All the Shilkas out there are probably drooling from their 23mm muzzles already.
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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #26 on: December 15, 2013, 06:55:49 PM »
The f16 is probably the lowest maintenance cost plane.

As stated before why have CAS now? A high volume guidance pack for small rockets sounds cheaper to me. Pilots are expensive to train. Planes are expensive to maintain. The cost of 30mm shells doesn't matter. For the times you need CAS before a truck mounted system can get in theater put a bigger gun on the drones.
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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2013, 12:58:26 PM »
When the poop hits the fan - a manned aircraft is probaly the most adaptive platform for applying 30 mm love. That whistle the A-10 makes is just "magic" - I suspect some enemy troops stand there and watch it prior to be vaporized!

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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2013, 01:45:55 PM »
When the poop hits the fan - a manned aircraft is probaly the most adaptive platform for applying 30 mm love. That whistle the A-10 makes is just "magic" - I suspect some enemy troops stand there and watch it prior to be vaporized!

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Re: Goodbye to the Warthog?
« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2013, 02:59:21 PM »
If some thirty mike-mikes hit you, I don't think there'd be anything left except wisps of woolly mammoth hide.  :D