Retirement rumors have swirled around the U.S. military’s venerable close-air support aircraft for years, but the battle-tested, 1970’s-era airplane will live to fight for at least the foreseeable future.

The latest Pentagon budget proposal outlines plans for the Air Force to maintain its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts.

The budget overview states that “this budget fully funds the entire fleet of 283 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. Fleet strategy and viability will be assessed as the Air Force determines a long term strategy.”

A 10 - U.S. Air Force 23d Wing Conducts Elephant Walk To Demonstrate Its Rapid Deployment Ability

A-10 Warthog

In this video, aircraft from the 23d Wing conducted a surge exercise at Moody Air Force Base on May 22.

The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy combat-ready forces across the globe.

The 23d Wing maintains and operates A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft for precision attack, personnel recovery and combat support worldwide.

A 10 Elephant Walk - U.S. Air Force 23d Wing Conducts Elephant Walk To Demonstrate Its Rapid Deployment Ability

A-10 Elephant Walk

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