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Subject: Russians Save A-10 Warthawg Date: 5/13/2014 12:14 PM
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The U.S. Air Force wants to retire all of its A-10 ground support aircraft (to deal with a shrinking budget). The politicians don’t agree and it appears the air force will be forced to keep at least some of the A-10s. Some in Congress also want the air force to put those A-10s that are retired in storage, in the event of an emergency. That’s called Type 1000 storage and would cost over $50,000 a year per A-10 for the first five years and about $12,000 a year after that. It costs $43,000 to put an aircraft into storage and a thousand dollars a year to maintain it. Every four years the stored aircraft is taken out of storage, checked over to make everything is OK and then put back in storage. This coast over $40,000 (depending on what might have to be replaced or fixed). It takes one to four months to take an aircraft out of Type 1000 storage and return it to operational status. Once out of storage you also need about two pilots per A-10 to actually use it in combat. The longer the A-10s are in storage the harder it is to find pilots with any A-10 experience. That means it takes longer to put existing combat pilots (assuming there are many to spare) through transition (to flying the A-10) training.

Putting A-10s in Type 1000 storage is a lot cheaper (by over a million dollars a year) than keeping them in service but it is an option that even many air force leaders believe is prudent and affordable. It appears that some A-10s may end up in Type 1000 storage anyway.

While senior air force leadership is willing to get rid of all the A-10s, many of the politicians who approve the air force budget don’t agree. Nor do A-10 pilots and the ground troops who have relied on the A-10s for life-saving air support since September 11, 2001.

A-10s were designed during the Cold War for combat against Russian ground forces in Europe. That war never happened and the last American A-10 attack aircraft left Europe in mid-2013. Now some politicians believe the A-10 might be needed back in Europe to help confront an increasingly aggressive Russia.
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