Looking for a New Home: Retired A-10 Attack Jets Have a Buyer

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A-10 Warthog (Credits: 19FortyFive)

The A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the Warthog, is a legendary aircraft that stirs up passionate debates among aviation enthusiasts. This powerful plane is being retired by the US Air Force, but surprisingly, there seems to be a country interested in buying it.

Ukraine might seem like the perfect fit, considering the ongoing war. But the Air Force says Ukraine isn’t interested! So, the question remains – who wants these battle-ready planes?

An A-10 Thunderbolt II. (Credits: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)

Designed for a War That Never Happened

The A-10 was built for a specific purpose: destroying tanks and armored vehicles during a massive Cold War battle in Europe. That war never happened, so it’s hard to say for sure how effective the A-10 would have been.

What’s not debatable is its unique design. The A-10 is known for its powerful 30mm Gatling gun and a titanium cockpit nicknamed the “bathtub” for its ability to withstand damage.

Love it or Hate it, the Warthog is Retiring

Despite its fans who praise its close air support and toughness, the Air Force wants to replace the A-10 with more modern jets. Congress has been blocking these efforts for years, forcing the Air Force to retire them slowly.

By 2029, all A-10s are expected to be retired. This is interesting because these planes are known for being relatively cheap and easy to operate. So, why haven’t other countries bought them before?

USAF begins long-saught A-10 Retirements (Credits: FIghtGlobal)

A New Home for the Warthog?

The war in Ukraine has brought new attention to the A-10. Some experts believe they’re too vulnerable in modern warfare, while others point out that similar planes are being used effectively by both Ukraine and Russia.

There are several theories about who might buy the A-10s. Taiwan could potentially use them to defend against amphibious attacks. Egypt might find them useful for patrolling its long borders. Vietnam has also been mentioned, but it’s unclear how they would fare against China.

Only time will tell who the mystery buyer is, but one thing’s for sure: the Warthog might be getting old, but it seems there’s still fight left in it.

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