AF Chief: Air Force Keeping A-10s Until At Least 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein stated at a media breakfast that the Air Force will retain all A-10 aircraft until at least 2021.
“I welcome Gen Goldfein’s comments today about retaining all our A-10s until at least 2021. Air Force leadership clearly recognize that the previous decision to mothball the A-10 was a mistake and that this aircraft can continue to play a critical role in strengthening our national security. My provision in last year’s NDAA requiring an A-10/F-35 fly-off before any A-10 can be retired aligns with this timeline. I also applaud his comments about developing the requirements for a suitable replacement to follow the A-10. We need to start a serious discussion about what will preserve the A-10’s crucial capabilities in future Close Air Support scenarios, and I look forward to contributing to that discussion.”