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US Will Keep ‘Warthog’ Flying to Combat Islamic State

The U.S. has put off the retirement of a 1970s era fighter plane, citing its effectiveness in the fight against the Islamic State military group among the reasons for keeping the jets flying. The A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the "Warthog," is a close-support aircraft designed in the early 1970s to counter Soviet armored forces. The twin-engine jet is not fast, but is able to engage a wide variety of ground targets with its main gun, a 30mm cannon, as well as missiles, rockets and...

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