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Due to budget cutbacks, the U.S. Air Force has proposed the retirement of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, with Lockheed’s F-35A Lightning II slated to take over its close air support mission. Is it time to put the highly regarded Warthog out to pasture, or should its service life be extended?

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