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Why Does The Air Force Need The A-10 Warthog?

May 06, 2014

The A-10 Warthog is sometimes the only tool for the job.

Let’s have some crowd-sourced transcription here. Here’s a first try:

Pilot: “So here’s the situation: These guys are trying to clear a spot on three targets. But we have .. we can’t even get eyes on friendlies because there are so many IR strobes everywhere. This situation is so complex, recommend […] you do nothing but shows of force.

Base: “[] Wizard copy. Three targets and IR strobes, recommend show of force only.”

Pilot: “Affirm. That’s why I recommend A-10s. I don’t even recommend F-15s for this. It is so difficult to figure out what he’s saying, and they’re so trigger happy I don’t know how else to say it. This is not a fight to have a fast moving jet in.”

A10 Warthog critical mission