Army, Navy, and Marines To Get Hogs

| April 19, 2018 | 100 Comments

Just announced this week, the A-10 aircraft program will begin to include Navy, Army and Marine Corps pilots. Distribution of pilot slots will coincide with production of new aircraft, now under contract negotiation, designated as A-10N, A-10R, and A-10M. USAF craft will be redesignated A-10A.

While dearly beloved by USAF pilots as the venerable Warthog, the current generation of USAF pilots in training has hinted repeatedly at their desire to “share the glory” of the Warthog with their counterparts in the other service branches.

Accordingly, since the Air Force is searching for a new contractor to build new wing sets https://www.military.com/dodbuzz/2018/01/25/air-force-searching-new-company-re-wing-10s.html and the plan to retire the program has currently been blocked, http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17764/usaf-official-in-charge-of-a-10s-says-re-wing-program-is-not-going-to-happen , a newer and slightly revised model of the original A-10 airframe will be released for each service branch, with upgraded missiles and guidance systems, increased fuel tank volume, wider seats for female Navy pilots, and new nicknames. Among other improvements the planes may include CB and AM/FM access to keep bored pilots from dozing off during target practice runs.

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  1. OlafTheTanker says:

    “wider seats for female Navy pilots”

    INCOMING!!!

  2. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Hopefully they won’t fix anything that isn’t broken with the new production program.

  3. Mick says:

    You almost had me there for a moment, Ex-PH2.

    Well played!

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    BRRRRRRRRT on!!!

  5. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The Coast Guard! What about the Coast Guard? Poor bastards are the Aloysius McGoggle of the services.

    Who? Exactly.

  6. JacktheJarhead says:

    Evil, Tricksy, EX-PH2!!!!! Very Nice!!!

  7. AW1Ed says:

    I could almost believe the Marines; they seem to get all the hand-me-downs.
    Well played, Ex!

  8. jim h says:

    I almost got a chub, too….

    well done, love.

  9. Sapper3307 says:

    Never gonna happen, they will chopped up before that happens.
    Think F35 can do it all.

  10. The Other Whitey says:

    Wouldn’t that have been nice?

  11. Combat Historian says:

    It’s too bad this ain’t true; Army and Marines could really use a couple of hundred additional new A-10s for COIN CAS work…

  12. Atkron says:

    You sure you don’t write for Duffel Blog in your spare time?

  13. Dean says:

    Transferring A-10’s to the Army was going to happen in the early 90’s until they came into thier own in Desert Storm

  14. NormanS says:

    You’re eighteen days late! 😛

  15. Instinct says:

    AM/FM! To hell with that! Need an iTunes subscription. Cheap bastards!

  16. Some Guy says:

    Awwww man, you really got my hopes up for a second. I knew something was up when the USAF pilots were willing to share the glory. They’d sooner give up their oversized sunglasses than let the other services play with their toys. Well played!

  17. Roh-Dog says:

    My poor Freedom Boner…
    Hot and bothered until I realized it could never happen.
    Damn you Ex!
    Begrudgingly, good job.

  18. Yef says:

    I was like, “WTF? They are going to expend money building an obsolete frame with zero survivability on the current battlefield agaisnt a near peer?”
    Then I got to the part about fat navy female pilots, and I realized I had gotten burnt.

  19. Yef says:

    Seriously, the only use I can see for the A10 is to convert them into drones, and that would cost money.

  20. 26Limabeans says:

    You forgot the civilian model the A-10SEL.

  21. USAFRetired says:

    Back in the 84-85 timeframe there were a number of initiatives going on at the highest levels of the Defense Bureacracy. One of them entailed transferring PATRIOT from the Army to the Air Force, another entailed transferring the A-10 from the USAF to the Army. I’ve forgotten most of the others. The only one I’m aware of that came to fruition involved competing Army and Air Force programs (SOTAS) and PAVE MOVER which became the Joint STARS program

  22. TF-BA says:

    You had me until the point where I found myself thinking “wow what a great idea” and then I knew it was bullshit. The good idea fairy never gifts real good ideas, just horrible ones that look shiny at a distance and function like the green weenie.

  23. FuzeVT says:

    Marines with A-10s? I’m practically giddy!!

  24. Green Thumb says:

    I would be curious to see the Hog land on a carrier….

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Well, aircraft carrier flight decks are about 1,094 feet long +/-, but they use catapults to launch the planes and arresting cables to halt the landings, so it would probably work out okay, IF the A-10 configuration was altered to allow the wings to fold like the Skyraider.

      • USAFRetired says:

        PH2

        Maybe not the first time but before long on a two wire or three wire trap, the pilot could watch one or the other or both of his engines continue flying past the cockpit after the rest of the bird came to a stop.

        Standard procedure on the angled deck carriers is to cob the power to it in impact so in case they miss a wire and become a bolter they can get back airborne.

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