The A-10, long a symbol of durability for the Air Force, may be approaching it’s twilight years. The Air Force has talked about cutting A-10 squadrons in cost savings moves, and the aircraft could be replaced by a JSF variant. Shots of the A-10 surviving damage after the break:
Lest we forget, the A-10 has always been known for being able to withstand a lot, and still get a pilot back to base.
As famously demonstrated by Pilot Kim Campbell in 2003 over Baghdad, is doesn’t take much canvas left on the frame for the A-10 to make it home.
Unimpressed by flight surface damage, try an engine.
Yeah, it might not be the sleekest aircraft, but I still think it’s mighty pretty.