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GAO report blasts Air Force justification for A-10 retirement

July 1, 2015
The flagship of the 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany flies over the Mosel River in central Germany on Feb. 17, 2000. Spangdahlem AB consists of the 81st Fighter Squadron, which flies the A-10 aircraft, and two F-16 squadrons, the 22nd and 23rd Fighter Squadrons, which fly the F-16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Blake R. Borsic)(Released)

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Blake R. Borsic (Released)

The Air Force based its plan to retire the A-10 on an inaccurate projection of cost savings, and will run into a capability gap associated with providing close air support, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday.

The GAO’s report punches holes in the Air Force’s justification for its controversial decision to retire the attack jet, saying planners did not “fully assess” the cost savings associated with the A-10 divestment.

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The last two paragraphs of the article are interesting and shows the Air Force’s continuing goal to retire the A-10s.

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