I have been a big fan of the heavy hitting capability of the A-10 Warthog for a very long time. I am also quite fond of the tradition, heritage, and capability of the U-2/TR-1 series of black jets. They may not be with us much longer, though, according to Chief of U.S. Air Force Air Command Command Gen. Michael Hostage in an interview with Air Force Times.
Because big business seems to be running things in Washington DC we can look forward to buying more drones like Global Hawk, but that leaves little money for the continuation of U-2/TR-1 service. That then puts out of commission an entirely viable, of older technology. Why are we letting big business wine and dine our politicians? Is it good to have technology for technology sake? I don't know the answers, but I wonder.
The A-10 may die because of the fact that it does not have a place on battlefield of the future. Given the fact that we may be facing insurgents and un-organized hostile forces, this actually seems reasonable. Still, the A-10 carries that badge of honor of being an ugly but capable weapons system.
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