The Air Force says the A-10 is just too effective to get rid of

After years of threatening to cut funding to the A-10 program and funnel the money to the newer F-35 Lightning II, the Air Force seems to have finally faced facts — the A-10 is just too effective to remove from the inventory.

Air Force Materiel Command chief Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski recently told Aviation Week that the depot line that maintains and repairs the Air Force’s 283 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs has been reopened to full capacity.

Read more about how the A-10 is sticking around to support the troops here.