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Turn Over Control of A-10 Thunderbolt II to US Army

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Despite huge cost over runs that are hurting the American taxpayers, the F-35 Lightning II has proven to be ineffective and is not living up to its expectations. Every test produces yet another failure to meet this aircraft's projected capabilities.

For some reason, the US Air Force is doggedly determined to salvage the F-35, even at the expense of proven, effective air craft. The cancellation of the vastly superior F-22, to save the F-35, is the most heinous example of what has occurred so far. Now, the Air Force is seeking to eliminate the A-10 Thunderbolt II in order to transfer that aircraft's funding over to F-35 efforts. The US Air force has largely forgotten that one of their primary reasons for existing is to support the US Army. The two most important support services they provide to the US Army is airlift and Close Air Support (CAS). In the vast consensus of ground troops that have been supported by A-10s, this is the most effect CAS aircraft ever made. It is easy to maintain, economical, and easily upgraded.

However, the Air Force is determined to replace the A-10 with the F-35. The only advantage the F-35 has over the A-10 is speed. The A-10 has the ability to loiter in the combat zone for hours providing selective CAS as need by the ground troops, it's ease of maintenance is vastly superior to the F-35, it's reload and turn-around time is a fraction of the F-35s, the A-10 has a much higher and more diverse payload for different scenarios, and it's combat survivability is far beyond anything the F-35 advocates could hope for.

Despite the A-10's vastly superior close air support capabilities over the F-35, the air Force is determined to eliminate the A-10 to rescues the largely inferior F-35. It has been a long known fact, in the Army, that the Air Force greatly despises it's close air support mandate. Therefore, we propose the following changes to federal regulations:

1. Change the Key West Agreement to allow the US Army to take possession of all US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, all support equipment, and supplies.

2. Require the US Air force to train US Army personnel on A-10 support, maintenance, and operations.

3. Provide the US Army the necessary budget increase to effectively operate the A-10; deduct these budget components from the US Air Force if necessary.

While this transition would create a bubble in close air support for a short time, this is vastly outweighed by the following advantages:

1. It relieves the US Air Force of the close air support role it's leaders have held in contempt for so long.

2. Control of the A-10 fleet provides the US Army with a more effective, and faster means of providing close air support to it's ground forces; inter-service liaison delays are largely eliminated.

3. Keeping the close air support within the US Army, will create more reasonable and efficient budgets, with regards to the close air support role.

Any ground, combat leader, that has been

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Jul 12th, 2017
Dennis K. from Lancaster, CA writes:
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I agree that the US Air Force should turn Over Control of A-10 Thunderbolt II to US Army and congress should facilitate this effort. The world is becoming more and more unstable and the US Army needs every tool available, especially tools with such short lead-times and small costs as this transition of equipment from one military branch to another.
Jun 17th, 2017
BILLY W. from Chaffee, MO signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
James A. from Conroe, TX writes:
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The A-10 saved my life.
Jan 25th, 2017
Andrew P. from Oologah, OK writes:
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This whole debacle is pure political bs. Only career minded politician/officers would fix a tool thats not broken.
Dec 31st, 2016
Eric W. from Exeter, CA signed.
Oct 27th, 2016
Howard V. from Munster, IN signed.
Oct 22nd, 2016
Someone from Florence, AL signed.
Oct 13th, 2016
PHB S. from Clayton, NC writes:
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F**K the F-35 program, it's a air platform that has not and cannot beat the F-15, F-16, and the F-22. It's been proven time and time again in mock air combat exercises. But how in the AF or in Congress really gives a s**t. It's all about jobs in 40 some states that supply various parts for the F-35 program, which has been grounded a month after it was certified by the AF as combat ready. The F-35 is not, repeat not a combat Superior Air Craft by any means, but Congress and the military industrial complex will not accept the fact it's a frigging failure. . The A-10 Warthog II, I believe the E models were just reconfigured with in the last 3 years to last, not till, 2028 but till, 2040 the same as the B-52 H models. We have no aircraft in the US inventory that for fill the total missions that the A-10 fills. But yet the weenies who are making these decisions have never been on the ground under fire, and had their*****saved by Tac Air (Air to Ground Support). My questions to these "Weenies" is what will be the cost in military lives if the F-35 takes over the duties of the A-10. I have talked with F-16 pilots who will tell you the F-16 is a great air frame, one that can deliver reasonable TAC Air, but for close in, down and dirty, danger close, there is no Air Frame that can or has equaled that of the A-10. Ask any ground combat Vet from Iraq and Afghanistan about the total effect of the A-10 as a weapon of close in TAC Air. Helo gunships are fine, but they are far to loud, can be heard miles off by the bad guy who goes to ground. But the A-10 and it's angle of approach is a different story. Bad are dead, before they hear it. On stations time is better than any other air frame including helos. A-10 are out most premier ground support air frame of all time. To ground it, would only give Russia and China along with those the furnish arms to the ability to F**K over our ground troops.
Oct 11th, 2016
Someone from Edinburg, TX writes:
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If the Air Force wants to stay on top of the world as the #1 Air Force and survive the air wars of the future. Then it needs to learn how to cut away dying limb, like the F35 and save it good one A-10 and fight on! If this is a lesson they can not learn then turn them over to the Army! As I see it; it all about their pride and not saving American troops!!!
Aug 7th, 2016
Someone from Kings Park, NY signed.