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Bye-Bye, Warthog: Military Looks To Scrap The A-10 Thunderbolt

Guys, we’ll take them off your hands if you don’t want them…


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One of the world’s most iconic aircraft - the A-10 Thunderbolt, better known as the Warthog - could be on the chopping block, if current plans to cut military spending go through. Now, anything that saves $3.5 billion - that’s “billion,” with a “b” - over five years should obviously be seriously considered, especially in an age where drones and the impending arrival of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter make the infamous ground attack plane somewhat obsolete, but naturally, there’s a lot of resistance to the move, for two reasons. Firstly, the fact that the Warthog, which has been around since the 1970s (when it was created to bust Soviet tanks), has been one of the most successful and widely used aircraft in military history. Seriously, the thing is lethal – certainly lethal enough to make it onto our list of the 30 deadliest things in the world last year. Secondly, and far more importantly to us, is the fact that come on, they look awesome.

 


Getty Images | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2014

 

That might not sound like much of a justification to keep the fleet of over 300 Warthogs running, but in an age where pretty much every new piece of military technology just looks like a sleek grey sheet of metal, it’s nice to remember that there’s sometimes a place for a pig-ugly monstrosity bristling with guns and rockets that looks like it was specifically invented to be made into a G.I. Joe toy.

 

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