Bill Sweetman's suggestion of transferring the A-10 Warthog to the U.S. Marine Corps (AW&ST Dec. 9, 2013, p. 15) is interesting, but flawed. He points out that the number of F-35Bs that will actually use the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing capability operationally will be significantly fewer than those actually purchased. Keep in mind that most—if not all—Marine Corps combat aircraft are carrier-capable in one form or another. With the focus of the U.S. military shifting to the ...


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