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Combat Vets Champion Warthog Plane Brass Wants Scrapped

Russell Carpenter owes his life to the ugliest warplane in the Pentagon fleet.

When about 3,000 U.S. soldiers traveling on a dirt road in Iraq came under fire from behind a ridge in the opening weeks of the 2003 American invasion, the retired Air Force chief master sergeant says he called for air support from the only plane that could fly low and slow enough to tell friend from foe: the A-10.