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Air Force Wants to Ground A-10 Vets Love

In an effort to save $4.2 billion over five years, the Pentagon wants to retire the 1970s-era A-10 attack jet. Combat veterans question the claim that newer, faster aircraft — such as the F-16, the F-15E, bombers and, eventually, the new F-35 fighter — can match the A-10 in providing “close air support,” striking targets on the ground to help soldiers in close combat.

Published May 6, 2014

Sources: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Combat Command, ATK, Bloomberg research

GRAPHIC: DAVID LERMAN / BLOOMBERG NEWS, DAVE MERRILL / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA