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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 18 maggio 2018, 14:06

Dal 'Daily Report' dell' AFA del 17 Maggio 2018 .....
MQ-9, A-10s Help End Prolonged Taliban Assault on Afghan City .....

The Taliban on Wednesday withdrew from its prolonged onslaught on the Western Afghanistan city of Farah, after a battle that included air support form MQ-9s, A-10s, A-29s, and MD-530s and almost caused the district capital to fall.
The Taliban entered the city on Tuesday, causing hundreds of local police and soldiers to flee and letting the insurgents largely take control, local officials told The New York Times.
About 30 people, including security forces and civilians, were killed.
US and Afghan Air Force aircraft responded, with A-10s flying “show of force” flyovers and an MQ-9 conducting airstrikes that killed 28 fighters, according to video posted by US Forces-Afghanistan.
It is the latest effort by the Taliban to increase its control in the country, which grew to 12 percent of the population in early 2018, according to the Pentagon’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
The Taliban, along with ISIS and al Qaeda, have regularly conducted public attacks in the country, though US officials repeatedly proclaim progress is being made.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers earlier this month that “progress and violence coexist” in the country, and that the Taliban is mostly focusing on “soft” targets.

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 30 maggio 2018, 16:30

Nuove ali ..... rilasciata la RfP ...
The US Air Force released on 25 May its official request for proposals (*) to replace 112 wing sets on its Fairchild Republic A-10 fleet.
The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract will have a basic five-year ordering period beginning at contract award, two one-year optional ordering periods thereafter, and a four-year delivery period following the end of the ordering periods, according to the RFP notice.
Fonte: flightglobal.com ..... "US Air Force releases official A-10 wing replacement RFP" .....

(*) ..... https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity ... t&tab=list ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 8 giugno 2018, 10:08

Ritorno in Normandia .....

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The Michigan Air National Guard's 107th Fighter Squadron flew a specially painted A-10C Warthog over the beaches of Normandy on Tuesday to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
D-Day is one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history, with 156,000 allied troops landing on five beaches and about 13,000 paratroopers dropping behind German lines.
And the 107th, which took part in the invasion, flew a pair of A-10s, multiple C-130 Hercules and even dropped paratroopers over the beaches of Normandy to commemorate the historical event.
Fonte: businessinsider.com ..... "The US Air Force flew a specially painted A-10 over Normandy to mark 74 years since D-Day" .....

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

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La Congressista McSally continua la sua battaglia per mantenere in servizio il 'Warthog .....

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..... mcsally.house.gov ..... "MCSALLY CLEARS NEXT HURDLE FOR A-10 RE-WING FUNDING" .....

..... mcsally.house.gov ..... "MCSALLY CLINCHES KEY VICTORIES FOR ARIZONA IN DEFENSE FUNDING BILL" .....

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

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richelieu ha scritto:L' ex pilota, ora deputato, Martha McSally spiega perché è necessario un 'testa a testa' fra A-10 e F-35 .....
The saying “putting the cart before the horse” surely pre-dates the invention of flight, yet it couldn’t be more accurate to describe the Air Force’s shifting and flawed arguments for retiring the A-10 well ahead of schedule, and before we have a proven, tested replacement.
As an airman, I am concerned about our ability to ensure air superiority as threats increase globally and our capability and numerical advantages steadily recede.
We desperately need a fifth-generation fighter like the F-35 to provide air superiority and guarantee access to targets anywhere in the world.
However, the Pentagon’s backward plan to replace the A-10 and its critical missions with the F-35 — before we even know if the F-35 can perform them — risks losing these vital capabilities permanently and puts the lives of American troops in danger.
Fonte ..... "Why we need an A-10 / F-35 fly-off" .....
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Quanto sopra nel Giugno del 2016 .....

Ora il 'testa a testa' è stato effettuato ..... ma c'è chi esprime seri dubbi circa la sua reale obiettività .....

..... pogo.org ..... "Close Air Support Fly-off Farce - F-35 Versus A-10 Fly-off Tests Designed to Mislead" .....

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 6 agosto 2018, 9:54

Ritorno in Afghanistan (dal 'Daily Report' dell' AFA) .....

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Moody A-10s Deploy to Afghanistan .....

The 75th Fighter Squadron from Moody AFB, Ga., has taken over the main close air support role in Afghanistan.
The Tiger Sharks deployed to Kandahar Airfield in mid-July, replacing A-10s from the Indiana Air National Guard’s 163rd Fighter Squadron, according to Air Forces Central Command.
“Our primary mission here is to provide close-air support and combat search and rescue,” 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander Lt. Col. Sean Hall said in a release (*).
“The majority of our missions will be supporting the [Afghan National Security Forces], whether it be a show of presence or freedom of movement patrol. We’re out here providing over watch to ensure if need be, lethal deterrence against the enemy.”
It is the second deployment for the 75th within a few weeks.
On July 9, A-10s and airmen with the squadron deployed to an undisclosed location in support of Operation Spartan Shield - a US Central Command mission based in Kuwait aimed at deterring “regional aggression” and stabilizing countries in the region.

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(*) ..... afcent.af.mil ..... "Tiger Sharks keep watch over Afghan skies" .....

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

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Approvati fondi per nuove ali per i 'Warthog' .....
The defence funding act also authorises $144.2 million for the A-10 wing replacement programme, some $65 million more than the Trump administration’s request.
Fonte: flightglobal.com ..... "US defence act budgets nearly $40bn for 413 new aircraft" .....

Anche qui .....
The National Defense Authorization Act provides important funding for U.S. military operations across the globe.
This legislation directly addresses the military readiness crisis and includes the largest pay raise for troops since 2010.
In this NDAA, Congresswoman McSally successfully secured critical funding for the A-10 wing replacement program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and other crucial capabilities.
The final bill includes a total of $144 million for new A-10 wings to re-wing between 14-20 planes.
Fonte: mcsally.house.gov ..... "CONGRESSWOMAN MARTHA MCSALLY ATTENDS SIGNING OF NDAA WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AT FORT DRUM" .....

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 2 ottobre 2018, 9:42

Le elezioni di medio termine sono ormai vicine e la tenace candidata senatrice rivendica la propria attività a sostegno del mantenimento in servizio del 'Facocero' .....
President Donald Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill into law today.
This legislation will allocate $674.4 billion to rebuild our armed forces, restore military readiness, and support our warfighters.
U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s amendment to increase funding for the A-10 wing replacement program was also included in the final appropriations bill.
This amendment increases the total amount of funding for new A-10 wings to $144 million, which will allow for the re-winging of roughly 14-20 planes.
Earlier this month, Representative McSally sent a letter to the Defense Appropriations Conference Committee urging that they include her amendment to fund the A-10 wing replacement program at the full authorized amount.
Fonte: mcsally.house.gov ..... "MCSALLY SECURES MAJOR VICTORIES FOR THE A-10 AND ARIZONA" .....

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 12 novembre 2018, 11:54

Il loro futuro è tuttora alquanto incerto ... però l' Air Force continua ad aggiornarli ...
The future of the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft is as uncertain as ever, but the service continues to upgrade portions of the fleet.
Now, between 150 and 200 A-10s look set to receive a major cockpit audio update that will help manage radio communications and, similar to surround sound in a movie theater, issue directional auditory warnings that immediately draw the pilot’s attention in a specific direction toward a threat or other area of interest.
On Nov. 5, 2018, Air Force Materiel Command announced plans to award a sole-source contract to Danish defense contractor Terma for the purchase of that company’s Aircraft Audio Management System (AAMS).
The Air Force had first indicated that it was looking for a three-dimensional audio update for a portion of its A-10s in December 2017.
Fonte: thedrive.com ... "New 3D Audio Will Allow A-10 Pilots To Hear Alerts Come From The Direction Of The Threat" ...

Anche qui ... "flightglobal.com ... "US Air Force considers equipping A-10s with 3-D audio warning devices" ...
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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 16 novembre 2018, 17:54

Martha McSally non è riuscita a farsi eleggere al Senato USA ..... :(
A questo punto ..... quale impatto potrà avere la sua sconfitta sul futuro dello A-10 ?
When Rep. Martha McSally conceded defeat to Kyrsten Sinema for the Arizona Senate seat on Monday, fans of the A-10 Warthog let out a BRRT of disappointment … and fear about the platform’s future.
McSally, a former A-10 pilot and retired Air Force colonel, was the strongest advocate for the platform in Congress, and perhaps the plane’s last remaining protector after New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was ousted in 2016 and Sen. John McCain’s death in August.
With McSally on her way out, the big question is whether the Air Force quietly restarts its campaign to retire the A-10.
And if so, does any one step up to defend the Warthog ?
Fonte: defensenews.com ..... "The A-10 Warthog’s biggest advocate lost her bid for the Senate, but does it actually matter ?" .....
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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 17 novembre 2018, 10:15

richelieu ha scritto:Martha McSally non è riuscita a farsi eleggere al Senato USA ... :(
Ma non è ancor detta l' ultima parola ...

... abcnews.go.com ... "How Martha McSally could end up in the Senate even though she lost the election" ...

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richelieu ha scritto:
richelieu ha scritto:Martha McSally non è riuscita a farsi eleggere al Senato USA ... :(
Ma non è ancor detta l' ultima parola ...

... abcnews.go.com ... "How Martha McSally could end up in the Senate even though she lost the election" ...

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Infatti .....
E' entrata in Senato al posto del Senatore McCain recentemente scomparso .....
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday said he will appoint USAF veteran Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to the late Sen. John McCain’s Senate seat.
The announcement comes at the end of a turbulent political year for McSally, in which she sacrificed her spot in the US House of Representatives to run for Arizona’s other Senate seat, only to lose the tight race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.
“All her life, Martha has put service first - leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times,” Ducey said in a release.
“She served 26 years in the military; deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan; was the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat; and she’s represented Southern Arizona in Congress for the past four years. With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the US Senate.”
Her appointment is also a tentatively good omen for future funding of the A-10 program, for which she’s been a long-time advocate.
Keeping the A-10 in the fight is on McSally’s shortlist of priority issues—along with veterans and border security—spotlighted on her Congressional website.
Fonte: airforcemag.com ..... "McSally Gets McCain’s Senate Seat" .....

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 5 maggio 2019, 11:44

A-10 vs F-35 ...
... i test comparativi sono terminati ... il relativo rapporto verrà presentato al Congresso entro l' anno ...
Comparative testing of the Air Force’s F-35 and A-10 to measure their performance in combat search-and-rescue, close air support, and airborne forward air control missions wrapped up earlier this spring, and should spur conversations about how best to partner fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft in combat, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester said Thursday.
The 2016 and 2017 National Defense Authorization Acts ban the Air Force from retiring or divesting A-10s until the F-35 is vetted to see how well it can perform the Warthog’s missions.
About two-thirds of the testing was done last year, and the aircraft returned in March for a final look, according to Robert Behler, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation.
While the flights were intensive and instructive, he noted the tests were not a fly-off.
... airforcemag.com ... "Pentagon Finishes F-35, A-10 Comparison Testing" ...
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Lavoro terminato ...

Immagine
The Air Force has wrapped up its effort to rewing its A-10 fleet so the Thunderbolt can keep flying through the 2030s.
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah, recently installed the last set of new wings on A-10 No. 80-0252.
The plan to install 173 new wings began in 2011, and all but 11 were installed at Ogden ...
... airforcemag.com ... "A-10 Rewinging Effort Concludes" ...

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Messaggio da richelieu » 15 agosto 2019, 9:47

richelieu ha scritto:Lavoro terminato ...

... airforcemag.com ... "A-10 Rewinging Effort Concludes" ...

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A difesa del "Corridoio di Fulda" ... :knight:
The A-10 was designed to fly close to the ground in support of ground troops, dropping heavy loads of weapons and attacking armored vehicles, tanks and enemy personnel.
During the Cold War, the Warthog was meant to help turn the tide in a hypothetical NATO-Warsaw Pact tank battle on the East-West German border in the Fulda Gap, a low-lying area for which military planners expected Soviet tanks might pour through toward Frankfurt, Germany.
... flightglobal.com ... "Last set of A-10 ‘Warthog’ replacement wings installed" ...
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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

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A proposito di A-10 Thunderbolt:

https://www.md80.it/2019/08/22/lu-s-air ... -contract/

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JT8D ha scritto:A proposito di A-10 Thunderbolt:

https://www.md80.it/2019/08/22/lu-s-air ... -contract/

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Dalla pagina dei contratti del DoD del 21 Agosto 2019 ...
AIR FORCE ... The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $999,000,000 (ceiling) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for A-10 wing replacements.
This contract provides for up to 112 new A-10 wing assemblies and up to 15 wing kits.
Work will be performed at multiple subcontractor locations in the U.S. and one subcontractor location in South Korea and is expected to be complete by Aug. 23, 2030.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.
Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $239,578,025 and are being obligated at the time of award.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8202-19-D-0004).
Il commento di FlightGlobal ... "Boeing awarded nearly $1bn for more A-10 wing replacements" ...

Diversamente da quanto scritto nel titolo ... l'articolo di FlightGlobal contiene, nel testo, un grosso errore riguardo l'importo del contratto ... parlando infatti di miliardi e non di milioni di Dollari ...
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richelieu ha scritto: Il commento di FlightGlobal ... "Boeing awarded nearly $1bn for more A-10 wing replacements" ...

Diversamente da quanto scritto nel titolo ... l'articolo di FlightGlobal contiene, nel testo, un grosso errore riguardo l'importo del contratto ... parlando infatti di miliardi e non di milioni di Dollari ...
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Ora l'errore è stato corretto ... ed i miliardi sono diventati milioni ... :mrgreen:

Il comunicato di Boeing ... https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2019-08-21 ... g-Contract ...
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Buone notizie per il 'Facocero' ...
The A-10 Warthog will not be one of the planes the U.S. Air Force requests to retire in its upcoming fiscal 2021 budget request, a senior service official confirmed.
During a speech at the Defense News Conference on Wednesday morning, acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan stoked speculation that the service will retire the A-10 after announcing that its FY21 budget request will include “controversial changes” such as the divestment of legacy aircraft.
But speaking at the conference later that day, Lt. Gen. Timothy Fay, deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration and requirements, confirmed that the A-10 is not one of the aircraft under consideration for divestment and will stay in service until the 2030s.
... defensenews.com ... "US Air Force to keep A-10 off the chopping block in next budget request" ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 8 settembre 2019, 20:56

E la Senatrice McSally gioì ... =D>
"As a former A-10 pilot and commander of an A-10 squadron in combat, I know how critical the Warthog is to our military’s success in the air and on the ground,” said McSally.
“I led the fight to keep the A-10 from being mothballed and to secure this re-winging funding, so it is good to see the contract awarded to start re-winging immediately - before any planes are grounded.
"Our troops rely on the A-10’s outstanding and unique ability to provide close air support and combat search and rescue. The A-10 was specifically designed for these types of missions, so having it in the fight can make the difference between lives lost and lives saved. This contract will ensure we maintain this platform’s critical capabilities into the next decade and beyond.”
... mcsally.senate.gov ... "McSally Announces New Air Force A-10 Contract" ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 5 febbraio 2020, 12:33

Tu chiamale, se vuoi, ammaccature ...

... theaviationist.com ... "Take A Look At The Damage Caused To The A-10 Warthog’s Nose By The Refueling Tanker’s “Flying Boom”" ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

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David Goldfein, CSM USAF uscente, difende la proposta di ritirare una certa quantità di velivoli considerati non più all'altezza dei tempi ...
Air Force leaders are urging members of Congress to participate in classified briefings in order to fully understand the thinking behind the service’s fiscal 2021 budget request, which once again attempts to retire a host of legacy platforms to free up funding for new technology.
The Air Force’s 2021 budget does not divest entire fleets as originally expected, but it does look to cut 44 A-10 Warthogs, 29 legacy tankers, 24 C-130Hs, 21 RQ-4 Global Hawks and three EQ-4 variants, as well as 17 B-1B Lancers.
Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said all of these aircraft have “performed well” in combat but are nearing the end of their service lives and either cannot survive against a peer adversary or cannot “contribute significantly” to a 2030 fight.

... airforcemag.com ... "Goldfein Defends USAF Decision to Retire Legacy Aircraft" ...

Da parte della senatrice McSally ... "Air Force Chief to McSally: You Saved the A-10" ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 18 aprile 2020, 11:20

A-10 in servizio sino al 2040 ... ma con ovvie limitazioni ...
The Air Force’s future close air support portfolio will include seven squadrons of A-10s into the 2040s, along with light attack aircraft in partnership with some countries, but these efforts will be distinct from Special Operations Command’s pursuit of an Armed Overwatch aircraft, USAF’s top planner said April 16.
The A-10 remains “a very cost-effective way to get at close air support,” and USAF figures into the service’s “long-term” plans, said Lt. Gen. David Nahom, deputy chief of staff for plans and programs, during an AFA Mitchell Institute telecon.
“There is no more efficient platform in the low-end fight” than the A-10, “and that includes propeller-driven light-attack type platforms,” Nahom said.
However, the A-10 is not equipped to survive in highly defended airspace, where the F-35 and other aircraft will handle the CAS mission, he noted.
USAF’s 2021 budget request looks to cut 44 A-10s from the fleet, along with dozens of other legacy aircraft.
Nahom said the remaining seven combat squadrons of Warthogs is the “right number” to operate in permissive or lightly contested airspace.

... airforcemag.com ... "A-10 Will Remain in Fleet Through 2040s Despite Planned Cuts" ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 4 giugno 2020, 0:35

Gli A-10 della Idaho Air National Guard si rischierano in Medio Oriente ...

... airforcemag.com ... "Idaho Guard A-10s Deploy for Operations in Middle East, Africa" ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 22 giugno 2020, 14:42

Martha attacca e vince ...
U.S. Senator Martha McSally made good on her promise to keep the Air Force from mothballing the A-10 Warthog, “a fixture at Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson for over 40 years.”
During a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting yesterday on this year’s annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), McSally inserted language that prohibits the Secretary of Defense from divesting or retiring any A-10 aircraft.
She also required the Secretary of the Air Force to brief Congress on the required A-10 fleet size and validate the assumptions used to justify any future A-10 fleet size reductions.

... mcsally.senate.gov ... "McSally Saves the A-10 (Again)" ...

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Re: La fine dei Warthog?

Messaggio da richelieu » 25 agosto 2020, 10:45

Il giorno in cui facemmo fuori 23 carri armati ... 8)
Of the 23 tanks we knocked out that day, I scored 12.
We think we heavily damaged 10 more with 30mm hits, but we couldn’t claim them as kills since we didn’t see them burning.
How many Iraqis did we kill?
We’ll never know.
It was tough to see individual soldiers.
Sometimes, we’d see small black shapes moving away from a truck we had just strafed.
If a tank was running, we assumed it was manned.
I felt a little sorry for the conscripted troops.
I felt no such pity for the Republican Guard, deeply committed to Saddam Hussein’s regime.
The equation was easy: I wanted our troops to meet as little resistance as possible.
Later, seeing news photos of the wreckage and burnt bodies in the sand, I realized what our weapons had done, but it didn’t really change anything.
We did what we had to do that day in the desert.

... airspacemag.com ... "The Day We Took Out 23 Tanks" ...

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