Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) launched a blistering, three-front attack on the leaders of the U.S. Air Force during a March 3 hearing, raising questions about retirement plans for the A-10 Thunderbolt, the service’s intention to continue to rely on Russian rocket engines and the contract structure of the B-21 bomber. The A-10 “Warthog” received something of a reprieve from the Air Force, which had planned to begin retiring the aircraft immediately. But it still intends to ...


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